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ROBERT INDIANA (American, b. 1928)
WALL / LOVE (double-sided), 1991
Painted section of the Berlin Wall, concrete, and rebar
Each side signed and dated lower right: R Indiana '91
46-7/8 x 39-1/2 x 30-1/8 inches (118.9 x 100.3 x 76.5 cm) excluding plinth
Cal Worthington, Maine, commissioned directly from the artist.
United States Art Expo, New York, 1991.
American Verification Association, The Berlin Wall Art Collection, Freeport, Maine, 1991, no. 115;
S.E. Ryan, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech, New Haven and London, 2000, p. 290.
This lot is accompanied by a copy of S.E. Ryan's monograph and photographs of the work inscribed by the artist "Executed at the Star of Hope, Vinalhaven, 1991, Robert Indiana, 23 Aug 2008".
Ryan notes on LOVE:
"In the late 1980s Indiana painted the imaged word on one side of a chunk of the Berlin Wall, and the word WALL on the other. Indiana was the only American artist invited by Cal Worthington, a former diplomatic analyst in Berlin, to paint one of the segments of the Wall that Worthington brought out of Berlin; the other 113 artists are all Russian. The painted fragments were shown at the United States Art Expo in New York City in 1991." (See P. Elmowsky, "The Plaza, the Artist, and the Wall: The Forbes Report," Sunstorm Arts Magazine, October 1991, 13.)
Estimate: $500,000 - $700,000.
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