From his LOVE paintings and sculptures (1966) to his series of works entitled Numbers (1965), Robert Indiana’s art is instantly recognizable. Numbers led to the creation in 1968 of an artist’s book with Robert Creeley by the same title, and American Dream collects a total of 30 screenprints in Indiana’s distinctive style along with poems written by Creeley which were inspired by Indiana’s work. Also included in this title is a foreword by Susan Ryan and captions by Michael McKenzie describing the origins and significance of each piece.

Twenty-four of Indiana’s screenprints are bound into this large volume. The remaining six are held within the book by Mylar corners so that they are removable. Tipped in above each of the six removable prints are sheets of translucent vellum-textured paper, on which Creeley’s poems are printed in red. This collection contains many familiar works, including prints of his American Dream series as well as different versions of LOVE – one of which is transliterated into Hebrew and another that is printed in the colors of the German flag. Black-and-white photos of Indiana are reproduced at intervals throughout the text.

This book is printed on heavyweight white Coventry paper and is bound in black leather with the artist’s name stamped in red on the spine and front cover.  This copy is number 114 out of an edition of 395. Each of the removable prints is signed and numbered by Indiana and the colophon is signed by the publisher. This book also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the publisher.

 

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