American Dream #2, 1982
Each signed, inscribed with the plate number and numbered from an edition of 100
26 7/10 × 26 7/10 inches (67.8 × 67.8 cm.)
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American pop art icon Robert Indiana created artwork that were most well-known for their simple and bold statements, speaking to the basic needs and desires of life. His images, numbers and short words are already part of our popular culture and iconography, having been featured in TV series, documentaries, public spaces and used by renown institutions such as MoMa and Google. Indiana’s most emblematic image LOVE, which featured the letters of the word arranged on top of one another with the ‘O’ tilted to the right, was used on US postage stamps in the 1970’s and would go on to inspire President Barack Obama’s unforgettable campaign logo ‘HOPE’ back in 2008.
In American Dream #2, Indiana paints a dark portrait of the idealized American Dream. Growing up during the Great Depression, the artist perceived the national ethos as a broken set of ideals and beliefs. Aiming to channel that deception and disbelief, Indiana took words that were usually featured in everyday signs and advertisements and rendered them into a ‘Black American Dream’.