"LOVE Stable" Original Screen Print Exhibition Poster by Robert Indiana, 1966
An original screen print exhibition poster by American artist Robert Indiana (1928-) titled "LOVE Stable", 1966. This is the first screen print of his famous "LOVE" design Robert Indiana ever printed. It was utilized for this exhibition poster. Indiana's exhibit at Stable Gallery in May 1966 would be the first time Indiana's world renown "LOVE" design was exhibited by him at a gallery. Stable Gallery opened its third solo Indiana exhibition, featuring the artist’s Cardinal Numbers (1966) and LOVE in different mediums, colors, and configurations, and his twelve-inch aluminum LOVE sculpture, published in an edition of six by Multiples, Inc. Embraced by the public as an emblem of counter cultural freedom, LOVE proliferates on unauthorized commercial products. Few examples of this rare 1st edition poster in bold blue and green with a red bottom announcing "Stable May 66" are known to exist. There were copies later produced in 1971 with the following text at bottom lower right: "1966/1971 Poster Originals Limited No. 39.". Again, the example shown here is the original 1st edition from 1966. Sheet size: 32" x 24". Very rare. Light wear associated with age, good condition.
Robert Indiana, born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana on September 13, 1928, one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, has played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. A self proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana has created a highly original body of work that explores American identity, personal history and the power of abstraction and language, establishing an important legacy that resonates in the work of many contemporary artists who make the written word a central element of their oeuvre.
Indiana's best known image is the word love in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter O. The iconography first appeared in a series of poems originally written in 1958, in which Indiana stacked LO and VE on top of one another. Then in a painting with the words "Love is God". The red/green/blue image was then created for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964. It was put on an eight-cent U.S. Postal Service postage stamp in 1973, the first of their regular series of "love stamps".
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 32 in | WIDTH: 24 in
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