Love

image for Love
Exhibition Label
In the 1960s, the word “love” became a touchstone for America’s hippie movement and Robert Indiana’s composition was widely accepted as a symbol of its progressive aspirations. Indiana originally made the work as a Christmas card in 1965 and later made prints, sculptures, and paintings based on the design. Commercial ventures soon co-opted the image for merchandise. Unfortunately, Indiana had not declared copyright on his famous work, so never profited from its prolific commercial reproduction.
Pop Art Prints, 2014
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis and Linda Kaplan
Restrictions & Rights
© 2014 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Department
Graphic Arts
1967
Object number
1991.152.3
Artist
Robert Indiana, born New Castle, IN 1928-died Vinalhaven, ME 2018
Printer
Maurel Studios
Publisher
Mass Originals and Multiples
Topic
Abstract
Object\letter
Medium
screenprint on paper
Dimensions
sheet and image: 34 x 34 in. (86.3 x 86.3 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Graphic Arts-Print