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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 102

Robert Indiana

Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000

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(New York/Maine/Indiana, 1928-2018)

LOVE (Blue Faces Red Sides), conceived in 1966, executed in 1995, edition of 3/6 plus 4 artist's proofs, stamped on the lower left interior edge of the 'E' "©1995 R INDIANA  3/6",  Milgo Bufkin, Brooklyn, fabricator, polychromed aluminum, 36 x 36 x 18 in. (91.44 x 91.44 x 45.72 cm.); accompanied by an acrylic pedestal, 42 x 36-1/4 x 18-1/8 in.,shipping crate

Note: It was almost a kind of process of elimination, and that is, that with my work and particularly my early work, it’s almost like the architectural dictum that less is more and in a sense I got down to the subject matter of my work, to its bare bones: the subject is defined by its expression in the word itself. I mean LOVE is purely a skeleton of all that word has meant in all the erotic and religious aspects of the theme and to bring it down to the actual structure of the calligraphy itself is like a skeleton. It’s reducing it to the bare bones. It was really a matter of distillation."  - Robert Indiana

Exhibited: Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais, Paris, France, Hommage à Indiana, March 30 - May 23, 2001

Reference: Donald B. Goodall, “Conversations with Robert Indiana,” in Robert L. B. Tobin, William Katz, and Donald B. Goodall, Robert Indiana (Austin: University of Texas, 1977), p. 36.



two minute losses on polychrome edges, abrasions on the bottom

Collection of the Artist;
Galerie Denise Rene, Paris, France; 
Kristy Stubbs Gallery, Dallas, Texas, purchased in 2001 (accompanied by original receipt);
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow