Robert Indiana - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Morgan Art Foundation, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Despite the connections between LOVE and Indiana's poetry, the artist never wrote any statements to accompany it, as he did for paintings like Mother and Father. The narratives and anecdotes he attaches to the work are short and confined to interviews, and in them he traces LOVE to his childhood. Love is something that Indiana says he always had from his adoptive parents, Earl and Carmen...Indiana's standard account of the ‘source' of LOVE – for him as a subject – is also a verbal mask, one that excludes his parents and suggests a void or lack: he first remembers seeing the word as written as written language in the Christian Science services and Sunday school classes he was taken to as a child, without his parents – the same place he said he became interested in the circle. (S. E. Ryan, Robert Indiana – Figures of Speech, New Haven, 2000, n.p)


Love (red red)

Polychrome aluminium.
182.88 x 182.88 x 91.44 cm (72 x 72 x 36 in).
Stamped ‘© 1966-2000 R INDIANA' and numbered of six along the inside edge of the letter E. This work is from an edition of six plus four Artist's proofs.

£600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for £690,850

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm