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Biography

Inspired by Pop Art, advertisement and the visuals of American life in the 1960s, Robert Indiana is an artist best known for his LOVE sculptures. He is known for his exploration of American culture through the use of language and commercially inspired designs, as well as being a key figure in the development of assemblage art and sculpture.

The Great American LOVE (Love wall) by Robert Indiana

Image © Sotheby's / The Great American LOVE © Robert Indiana 1972

1. £2.7M for Robert Indiana's The Great American Love (Love Wall)

The Great American LOVE (Love Wall) was sold at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York, on November 14th, 2018. It had been previously acquired by the seller from a Christie’s auction in 2005. This four-panel oil painting from 1972 is instantly recognisable for Robert Indiana’s use of bold typographic design, monochrome colour palette and signature Love motif. The word first appeared in the artist’s oeuvre in 1966, and quickly gained him national appeal given its resonance with countercultural movements at the time.

In this characteristic painting, Indiana explores the relationship between colour and the written word in a geometrical composition of white serif letters against a bright blue and lively red background, referencing the colours in the American flag. The artist creates an intriguing visual interplay between positive and negative spaces in the image through the use of primary colour blocks. The Great American LOVE (Love Wall) also draws on Pop Art in its precise and mechanical execution, graphic style and sign-like effect, recalling both Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. Indiana erects a timeless monument to the universal concept of love.

Love 1967 by Robert Indiana

image © Sotheby's / LOVE © Robert Indiana 1967

2. £2.7M for Robert Indiana's Love

Robert Indiana’s Love from 1967 sold at Sotheby’s New York, Contemporary Art Evening Auction on November 14th, 2018. The large-scale, bright blue canvas with four, hard-edged red letters spelling the word “love” is an iconic example of Indiana’s oeuvre, which played a pivotal role in the development of assemblage art and hard-edge painting.

The Love motif first appeared in his works in 1966, and was widely distributed through the United States Postal Service "LOVE" stamp in 1973, instantly popular due to the ongoing hippie movement. Spanning a range of underlying meanings, from the erotic, religious, political and autobiographical, Love’s power lies in its straddling of the simple and the complex.

Love Red/Blue by Robert Indiana

Image © Christie 's / LOVE Red/Blue © Robert Indiana 1967

3. £2.5M for Robert Indiana's Love Red/Blue

Robert Indiana’s Love Red/Blue was sold at Christie’s New York on May 12th, 2011, in their. Post-War and Contemporary Art Featuring Property from an Important Private European Collection Afternoon Session. This monumental sculpture is instantly recognisable as a part of Indiana’s Love series, depicting the four letters in the word “love” in flat, stencil-like typography, coated with bold primary colours.

A pioneer of Pop Art and hard-edge painting, Indiana explores the relationship between text, meaning and colour through this pivotal series. In Love Red/Blue, the letters are coated in shiny red and blue, created in the same scale and dual colour as the famous Love sculpture in New York's 6th Avenue and 55th Street. The word” love” is connected to the artist’s childhood memories at a Christian Science church, where he saw the inscription "God is Love" on the wall. The motif later came to embody the spirit of the 1960s hippie movements alongside other political, religious, erotic and autobiographical connotations.

One Through Zero (The Ten Numbers) by Robert Indiana

image © Sotheby's / One Through Zero (The Ten Numbers) © Robert Indiana 19786