Born Robert Clark, Indiana took his native state’s name after moving to New York in 1954 in a gesture that foreshadowed his fixation with Americana. Throughout his career, Indiana was preoccupied by the role of the sign in American culture and its ability to represent intangible desires and meanings through reduced and accessible language. Indiana spent much of his childhood on the road moving from town to town where the road signs which lined the motorways of his youth were his constant companions. The artist has famously reflected how “In Europe trees grow everywhere; in America, signs grow like trees; signs are more common than trees” (Robert Indiana cited in: Joachim Pissarro, 'Signs into art', in: Simon Salama-Caro et al., Robert Indiana, New York 2006, p. 59). By invoking these signs in his sculptures, Indiana created shrines to the achievements of our contemporary age.
Indiana’s ART made its sculptural debut at his 1972 solo exhibition at the Denise René Gallery in New York. This was to be his first solo exhibition in the city since the 1966 LOVE show at the Stable Gallery which launched him into the New York art scene. Like many of his sculptural designs, ART was first developed as a poster design for the exhibition American Art Since 1960 at the Princeton University of Art Museum. Drifting between planes of legibility and abstraction, it becomes clear why ART accepts its sculptural form as the culmination of a series that spans a range of media. Indiana’s work is celebrated today as a monument to commercial mass-consumer culture whose artistic innovations continue to inspire subsequent generation of artists.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale