Robert Indiana - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Morgan Art Foundation, Geneva; Guy Pieters Gallery, St. Paul Vence

  • Literature

    Robert: I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists. But Pop was also called New Realism. Tom Wesselmann, one of the Pop people, painted nudes of his wife. Now, is she a mass-produced image? In fact, I was mainly influenced by Ellsworth Kelly, who used hard-edged forms and bold colors straight from the tube. Kelly and I were in a show together in Washington called Formalists. We both fit that bill, whereas you could hardly call [James] Rosenquist a formalist. Then the Europeans decided we were all Vulgarians anyway. …
    Steve: What about the postage stamps?  My mother used those for years.
    Robert: While a lot of other people’s mothers were busy needlepointing LOVE pillowcases.  I got a thousand dollars from the Postal Service for three hundred and thirty million stamps.  It was the most popular stamp ever issued, barring Christmas stamps. 
    R. Indiana, from an interview with S. Lafreniere, “Robert Indiana,” Index 43, April 2004



Polychromed aluminum. 
36 x 36 x 18 in. (91.4 x 91.4 x 45.7 cm).
Engraved with "©1966-2000 R Indiana" and numbered of four artist's proofs lower left side edge. This work is an artist's proof from an edition of six plus four artist's proofs.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York