ROBERT INDIANA

Greenpeace Love

$15,000

  • medium Screenprint in colors on wove paper
  • edition 42/170
  • size 29.00w x 31.50h in
  • created 1994
Notes

COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published By: The Greenpeace Environmental Group, pub.
Additional Info: In 1967, Robert Indiana’s ‘Love’ print became known around the world as an anti-war symbol. The print started as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art (you will see an upside-down Christmas tree in the Letter “V”). The Love print eventually was chosen as a U.S. postage stamp. This particular incarnation of Indiana’s famed ‘Love’ was made to benefit Greenpeace, one of the world’s most renowned environmental organizations.
– Few Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana’s LOVE. Originally designed as a Christmas card commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in 1965, LOVE has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps. Full of erotic, religious, autobiographical, and political underpinnings—especially when it was co-opted as an emblem of 1960s idealism—LOVE is both accessible and complex in meaning. In printed works, Indiana has rendered LOVE in a variety of colors, compositions, and techniques.
– The slanting of the O was designed intentionally as to have the negative spaces forming a V in between the letters, which as Indiana says “makes the letters dynamic.”
– This particular incarnation of Indiana’s famed ‘Love’ was made to benefit Greenpeace, one of the world’s most renowned environmental organizations.
– “The word LOVE got to be the way it is because I have a kind of a passion for symmetry and the dividing of things into equal parts. The word LOVE is that way because those four letters best fit a square if the square is squared by that particular arrangement. And it was really that sort of a necessity for a very compact form that I came upon that arrangement”