The Black Diamond American Dream Nº2
Date 1962
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 152.5 x 152.5 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-281
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The numerous versions of the series American Dream are Robert Indiana's most famous works, together with the sculpture LOVE. They were given different titles, ranging from The First American Dream (1961, MoMA, New York) via The Demuth American Dream #5 of 1963 (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto), to Red Diamond American Dream #3 (1963, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), The Beware-Danger American Dream #4 (1963, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC), and The Green Diamond Eat and The Red Diamond Die (diptych, 1962, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis). The origin of this series, the American dream, is rooted in the painter's childhood at the height of the Great Depression. In it, the artist simultaneously denounces and exalts those – superficial but also energetic – things that characterize the American lifestyle; things like slot machines, pinball games and jukeboxes, as can be seen from the inscriptions in this painting: JACK (from jackpot) and JUKE. Robert Indiana has continued to focus on this theme over the past few years. AC
Stable Gallery, New York; William A.M. Burden & Co. (1962); Sidney Janis Gallery, New York; acquired at Sotheby’s, New York, 10 November 1993.