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Number 3, from "Numbers"

Accession Number
1976/2.144

Title
Number 3, from "Numbers"

Artist(s)
Robert Indiana

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1968

Medium & Support
silkscreen on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Gift 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 Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Modernist
modern and contemporary art
numbers
numerals
text (layout feature)

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