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Date
1982
Period
20th century
Media
Serigraph
Measurements
24 1/16 x 24 1/16 inches (image)
30 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches (sheet)
Classification
Subject Category
Abstract
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Indiana, 1982.16.2
Accession No
82.16.2
Context
Indiana’s 1960 symbolic self-portrait painting, "Decade Autoportrait", was the source for several later paintings and prints, including this 1982 silkscreen. It includes words that refer to various times and places in his life. Indiana said that “Nine is the number before death and yellow and black is beware danger.” “ELI” is Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973), the photographer who in 1969 first invited Indiana to the island of Vinalhaven, Maine located in Penobscot Bay. The three oval links at the bottom symbolize love, friendship, and truth, the motto of the International Order of Odd Fellows, who built the structure that became the artist’s home and studio.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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