Decade: Autoportrait '78: STAR OF HOPE

Decade: Autoportrait '78: STAR OF HOPE

Robert Indiana (American, 1928-)

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Many words appearing in Indiana’s work have autobiographical associations, and some reveal his ties to his home state. In this screenprint, which Indiana calls an Autoportrait, the number 1, symbolizing the self, is overlaid with a star, for him the quintessential American symbol. Other words appearing in this print relate to events that took place in 1978: an exhibition of his work was held in South Bend, and he permanently moved into a lodge called the Star of Hope that he had purchased in Vinalhaven, Maine.

(Geri Obler Fine Arts, New York, New York); purchased by the Print, Drawing and Photography Study Group, Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.

Object Information

artist
Robert Indiana (American, 1928-)
creation date
1980
materials
ink on white Fabriano Classico, screen print
dimensions
24 x 24 in. (image)
26-3/4 x 26-3/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Inscribed in pencil, below image, l.l.: 34/125
Signed and dated in pencil, below image, l.r.: R Indiana 1980
Blindstamp, lower left: DOMBERGER SPREENPRINT
Blindstamp, lower right: MMMM MULTIPLES
series
Vinalhaven Suite
accession number
2012.124
credit line
Gift of the Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Group in memory of Dr. Thomas Kuebler
copyright
© Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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