ROBERT INDIANA (1928-2018)
ROBERT INDIANA (1928-2018)
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The American Dream # 5 (The Golden Five)

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ROBERT INDIANA (1928-2018)
The American Dream # 5 (The Golden Five)
the complete set of five screenprints in colors, on Fabriano wove paper, 1980, American Dream 1928-1963 signed, dated and titled in pencil, the others initialed and dated, each numbered 'P.P. 5/17' (a printer's proof set, the edition was 100), published by Prestige Art Ltd., Mamaroneck, New York, with full margins, in generally very good condition, each framed
Each Image: 24 x 24 in. (610 x 610 mm.)
Each Sheet: 26 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (680 x 680 mm.)
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Lot Essay

Including: Eat; Die; Hug; Err; American Dream 1928-1963

Distinguishing himself from his Pop peers, in the early sixties Indiana chose to concentrate on the more abstract commercial signs than to those of mass media. Fascinated by the highway signs he observed from his childhood, roadside commerce became part of his basic vocabulary along with the four words, EAT, HUG, ERR, and DIE (his definition of the American Dream). J. McCoubrey wrote "These words signify a voyage in which intimacy, love, pleasure and danger and death in so many lives, as on the highway are leveled by repetition and reduced to non-experience. Love, intimacy and perhaps all human relationships become HUG, sin ERR. Eat equals DIE in an equation he spelling out in his EAT/DIE 1962 painting. Optimism and naiveti are in these paintings only as they reflect the naiveti of the lives he thus circumscribes."

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