Lot 172
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ROBERT INDIANA | Decade: Autoportrait 1966

400,000 - 600,000 USD
423,000 USD
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  • Robert Indiana
  • Decade: Autoportrait 1966
  • stenciled with the artist's name, number 2 and date New York 71 on the reverse; titled on the stretcher
  • oil on canvas
  • 48 by 48 in. 121.9 by 121.9 cm.


Galerie Denisw René, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Galerie Denise René, Robert Indiana: New Paintings and Sculpture, November - December 1972, illustrated


Emily Genauer, "Will Art Replace the Love Symbol?," Arts, 8 December 1972, p. A11
Vivien Raynor, "The Man Who Invented Love," ARTnews, February 1973, p. 62
Carl J. Weinhardt, Jr., Robert Indiana, New York 1990, p. 176, illustrated 
Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech, New Haven 2000, cat. no. 6.29, p. 229, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"The front of [Coenties] 25 was covered with words that influenced me in my work every day...the brass stencils I found in the loft—numbers, names of boats, and companies from the nineteenth century—became the matrices and materials for my work, and especially for my painting."
Robert Indiana 

This work is being considered for inclusion in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture being prepared by Simon Salama-Caro.