Robert Indiana

ART, 2016

Screenprint in colors on canvas
Signed, dated, and inscribed in ink, verso upper and lower edges
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Very Good
Private Collection
New Jersey

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Robert Indiana was a prominent American artist best known for his iconic "LOVE" series, which gained widespread recognition in the 1960s. However, in 2016, he created a captivating artwork titled "ART" that offered a fresh perspective on his artistic journey. This screenprint on canvas stands as a testament to Indiana's enduring commitment to exploring the intersection of language, symbols, and visual art. The piece features the word "ART" in bold, uppercase letters, with the letters arranged in a way that they form a square shape. The distinctive use of color and geometry in this artwork embodies Indiana's signature style of pop art and hard-edge painting, where he often used bold, vibrant colors and sharp lines to convey his messages.

Indiana's "ART" reflects his ongoing fascination with the power of words as art, similar to how he transformed the word "LOVE" into an internationally recognized symbol of love and unity. In this piece, he invites viewers to contemplate the very essence of art itself, blurring the lines between language and visual representation. The simplicity and directness of the composition make a profound statement about the universal significance of art and its ability to transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. This artwork, created in the later years of Indiana's career, serves as a reminder of his enduring impact on the art world and his unwavering dedication to the idea that art is, indeed, an essential and transcendent force in our lives.

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