American Dream #5, 2014
Screenprint in colors. From an edition of 100
Each: 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (67.9 x 67.9 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.
American Dream #5 suite is an homage to Indiana’s favorite American painting I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth. Demuth’s original inspiration was William Carlos William’s poem The Great Figure, reading ‘I saw the figure 5 / in gold / on a red / firetruck’. The powerful symbology constructed around the number 5 creates a direct and enriching dialogue with the original inspirators existing beyond time and form. Indiana chose to represent this piece in a cruciform to ‘set this particular painting most apart from all others.’