Number 3, from "Numbers"Artist(s)Robert IndianaArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1968Medium & Supportsilkscreen on paperDimensions
25 ⅜ in x 19 ⅝ in (64.45 cm x 49.85 cm);32 in x 26 in (81.28 cm x 66.04 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. Nick S. Nicolas.Subject matter
“Number 3” is part of a series of works based on numbers and reflects Indiana’s interest in the existential aspects of numbers, which he regarded as the basic elements structuring our daily lives, with 1 to 9 representing the spectrum of existence and 0 standing between life and death.
By using a subject matter that can be instantly recognized and accepted, it permitted Indian to concentrate on form and color. He uses an intentional ambiguity based on the principle of redundancy by identifying the number “3” with its letter equivalent, expressing the same abstract concept graphically as both symbol and word.Physical Description
The number "3" in orange in a blue circle with a green background; the word "THREE" written bottom center.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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