When contemplating the distinct characteristics of the American Pop Art movement founders, Robert Indiana very likely stands as the artist of deepest intent. While Indiana’s works contain the cool simplicity and broad appeal that defines the genre, his intentions have always carried a certain weight and sincerity that is considered by many to be a bit out of step with the mainstream Pop Art sensibility.
Outside of his worldwide famous sculptures, paintings and prints of LOVE, Robert Indiana is arguably best known for another one word recurring subject, EAT. The EAT sign commissioned by architect Philip Johnson, showcased in the1964 New York World’s Fair’s New York State Pavilion, bears the familiar composition of the screenprint hanging in our Boca Raton art gallery. Eat is an integral part of Robert Indiana’s body of work and is indicative of the artist’s highly personalized motivations that underlie the meaning of his art. In fact, “eat” is one of the last words spoken by the artist’s mother, literally asking Robert if he wanted something to eat just a moment before dying. Yet, EAT also represents universally American signage, such as that closely associated with restaurants, thereby lending it popular culture reference. This is the duality of Robert Indiana’s professional life as a Pop Artist. In this limited edition screenprint, the there is a sense of multiple degrees of depth created from the gradient background coloring and powerful lettering knocked out of black circles in the foreground.
Book of Love (German Colors) is a Robert Indiana screenprint that turns heads at our Boca Raton Contemporary Art Gallery. The power of Indiana’s LOVE series of works has been fully maximized by the artist’s efforts to see LOVE applied to the symbolism and language of nations and cultures around the world. In every representation, LOVE is bold, and perhaps even more so in the black, yellow and red colors that signify the German identity. With black and red dominating the negative space, this version of Robert Indiana’s most famous subject matter gives credence to the artist’s assertion that his art belongs to formalism every bit as much as it belongs to Pop Art.
The Yield Brother screenprint for sale at Vertu Fine Art Gallery in Boca Raton is a meaningful reflection of the original painting that Robert Indiana donated to the Bertrand Russell Foundation in support of the organization’s efforts to promote peace and warn against the dangers of nuclear proliferation. This iconic Indiana limited edition work is indeed a historic piece that demonstrates the artist’s ability to harness the power of words and symbols that hold tremendous possibilities for fostering change in the world and unifying people. The words, “Yield Brother,” dig deeper than surface calls for peace, legitimately offering the path to peace, to make way for differences and honor alternative views, allowing peace room for growth.
Another outstanding Robert Indiana limited edition print for sale at VFA Gallery in Boca Raton is from the artist’s Autoportraits Vinalhaven Suite 1980 series – Decade Autoportrait – Hurricane. Indiana’s Autoportrait works hold a special place in the hearts of serious collectors. Such art captures the essence of Robert Indiana’s love of numerology and symbolism combined with his bend toward cubism, hard edge and formalist design. Of the recurring themes that continue to pepper the landscape of the artist’s life, Decade prints continue to be some of those most sought after.
The works of the artist featured in this blog are only a portion of the Robert Indiana art currently for sale at Vertu Fine Art. If you’re a collector of Robert Indiana or other Pop Art masters, or simply share a keen interest in consuming such art, please visit us at our gallery. If you are a collector of Robert Indiana or require assistance for any Contemporary Art needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us, set an appointment or drop in for a visit.