ROBERT INDIANA (1928-2018)
the complete set of ten screenprints in colors, on Schoeller Parole white wove paper, 1968, each signed, dated and numbered II/XXXV in pencil, also numbered on the justification, one of 35 artist's proof sets aside from the edition of 125, printed by Domberger KG, Stuttgart, co-published by Edition Domberger, Stuttgart, and Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, with title, text and justification pages, with the original paper folders for each print and each with a poem by Robert Creeley in English and German, with the original beige cloth-covered portfolio case with title and the artist's and author's names on the cover
Each Sheet: 253⁄8 x 195⁄8 in. (645 x 499 mm.)
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Robert Indiana’s life-long interest in numbers derives from their range of significances and potential as loaded symbols. Indiana credits his penchant for numbers and their inherent symbolisms to his experience living in twenty-one different homes before he was seventeen years old. As Indiana has stated, “Numbers fill my life. They fill my life even more than love. We are immersed in numbers from the moment we're born. Love? Love is like a cherry on top of the whipped cream. Numbers surround us...[they] are seething around us...” As indicated by these two portfolios, Indiana’s fascination with numbers in some ways eclipses his interest in text, including the seminal Love, the central word in his best-known works.