INDIANA, Robert.

The American Dream.


The American Dream.

Marco Fine Arts Contemporary Atelier, 1997.

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A fine copy with superb provenance; one of thirty Artist Proof copies. From the library of the art historian Susan Elizabeth Ryan, who wrote the forward to the book.

Two years in the making, this stunning 100-page work is a compendium of Indiana’s masterpieces, alongside the poetry of fellow avant-garde artist Robert Creeley, who first collaborated with Indiana in 1968 on the publication of Numbers.

The American Dream represents the completion of the cycle that launched Indiana’s career, following I, EAT Love Numbers. These works display Indiana’s appropriation of advertising to create a new art in the 1960s, using single but powerfully symbolic words. Notable images included are: ‘The American Dream’, ‘Love’, ‘Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean Mortenson’, ‘Twenty-five: Highball, Redball Manifest’, ‘One Indiana Square’ and ‘Picasso’.

The work is presented in a beautiful set of thirty silkscreens and poems the large-format text is presented with a foreword by Susan Ryan and captions by Michael McKenzie describing the significance of each piece.


Large folio 571 by 445mm (22½ by 17½ inches), one of 30 artist’s proof copies aside from the numbered edition of 395, marked ‘AP. 7/30. The complete portfolio of 30 screen prints in colours, 24 bound and six removable as issued (these six held in place by Mylar corners), all prints signed and numbered in pencil, printed on hand-pulled Coventry 300 gram acid free paper, presented in the publisher’s original box and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the studio and signed by Robert Indiana and Susan Ryan.

Provenance: Susan Elizabeth Ryan (the editor), Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



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