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Robert Indiana Love Sculpture

Love, 1966-2000
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.

We LOVE this fantastic pop-art sculpture by Robert Indiana which will be on sale at the Phillips de Pury New York Contemporary Art Sale, Part II on May 15th, 2009 with an estimate of $300,000 - $400,000.

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

Phillips de Pury & Company; New York
Contemporary Art, Part II
May 15, 2009