Robert Indiana (b. 1928)
stamped with signature, number and date '1966-1999 R INDIANA 2/5' (on the seraph of the E)
polychome aluminum
96 x 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 243.8 x 121.9 cm.)
with base: 101 x 96½ x 49¾ in. (256.5 x 245.1 x 126.4 cm.)
conceived in 1966 and executed in 1999. This work is number two from an edition of five plus two artist's proofs.
Acquired from the artist by the previous owner
Sale room notice
Please note this work has been illustrated in the catalogue without the base.
The correct dimensions of the work with the base are: 101 x 96½ x 49¾ in. (256.5 x 245.1 x 126.4 cm.)

Lot Essay

This work will be included in the forthcoming Robert Indiana Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Simon Salama-Caro.

LOVE constitutes a principal example of Indianas system: built according to his usual cruciform axis, cut into two monosyllabic units, the word seems reduced to its mere letters, to the gigantic, three-dimensional forms of its stacked letters. In its graspable, materialistic, commodified volumetric, and threatening presence, the sculpture: LOVE, also, undeniably, and inescapably evokes the artists own warning: Know that the LOVE I am talking about is spiritual. At the same time, the O?this has not often been mentioned?is an italicized O: it is tilting away, threatening to fall off the lower rank of letters VE, and break the complete square structure of these four neatly composed letters. In other words, spiritual as its message may be, LOVE also indicates that precarity, fragility, break up are almost inevitably part of the story... "(J. Pissaro, Robert Indiana, 2006, New York, p. 72).

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