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Lithograph in Colors on Off-White Wove Paper

22.50 x 14.50 in

57.1 x 36.8 cm

Edition of 125

Signed and numbered in pencil on the recto (front)

PRICE: $2,800

22.50 x 14.50 in

57.1 x 36.8 cm

Edition of 125


    About The Work

    This is a very desirable, uncommon limited edition signed and numbered lithograph (not to be confused with a larger unsigned edition), created in 1973 - when the artist retrospectively revisited his life in the year 1969. The late Sixties and early Seventies was one of the most influential era in the artist's career, and works from that time period are especially desirable. Many are already in major public and institutional collections around the world. This work is called "autoportrait", because it depicts Robert Indiana's self-portrait in words, colors, shapes and numbers, using his language of hard edge geometric abstraction. (As an aside, Robert Indiana always called himself a "hard edge" artist and complained that he has always been mis-construed and mis-characterized as a Pop Artist. He felt much more kinship with Ellsworth Kelly than Andy Warhol.) With respect to the colors and imagery of the present work, Indiana has said, " Nine is the number before death and yellow and black is beware danger. ’69 is of course is very conspicuous.And it is the year that I found the Star of Hope, and which is in the middle of the Penobscot Bay and E-L-I is many things. It is Eliot Elisofon. It is Ellen Elisofon, his daughter, who, who accompanied me to the island from Skowhegan, and I was still, however on skid row, which again, is the Bowery.” The words: "Hallelujah Vinalhaven" boldly featured in this lithograph refer to Robert Indiana's discovering his final residence in an idyllic place called "Star of Hope" in Vinalhaven, Maine. The words "Skid Row", as he explains, famously refers to the Bowery in Manhattan - a neighborhood famous for its bums, drugs and down-and-out denizens in the late 1960s - which Indiana left when he moved to Maine. The work also reveals the three letters "IND" in the middle -- to let the viewer know it is autobiographical. This is a very poignant and oxymoronic artwork, as the colors of danger -- black and yellow, and the cliche of Skid Row (always associated with someone down and out in he world), are juxtaposed in contrast to the "Hallelujah", and the hopeffulness of Vinalhaven. "Decade: Autoportrait 1969" is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Robert Indiana's prints.

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Robert Indiana

    From The Magazine

    • Publisher: Publisher: XXe Siecle, New York and Paris; Printer: Fernand Mourlot, Publisher

      Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Sheehan, 78 (page 50)

      The present work is sold framed. Not examined outside of the original frame, but appears to be in very good condition. See second photo for the full work, framed.

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