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American Dream No. 2

American Dream No. 2, 1982, Screenprint on Paper
Robert Indiana (American, 1928 – 2018)

In American Dream No. 2, Robert Indiana draws inspiration from industrial and commercial signs. In his Pop Art paintings, sculptures, and prints, he re-arranges words and numbers using the format of signs, including the “Yield” traffic sign. In 1962 Robert Indiana exhibited the painting The Black Diamond American Dream # 2 at the groundbreaking “New Realists” show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York. Twenty years later Indiana selected a portion of that painting to become the image in this screenprint, which is one in a series of four.

Indiana first created the LOVE design for the Museum of Modern Art as a holiday card. His LOVE sculpture, located on Penn’s campus, and in LOVE Park in downtown Philadelphia, was first produced in the 1960s. Later, In 1973, LOVE was reproduced as a postage stamp.