Oil on canvas
34 x 34in (86.4 x 86.4cm)
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
In Four Numbers Summing Thirty, the overall composition is driven by numerical logic. Each shape is defined by the number it contains; the hexagon, for example contains the number 6, and the nonagon a number 9. Robert Indiana’s guiding logic extends to the number selection, as all consecutive numbers from 6 to 9 equal 30.
As self-referential as the painting may be, the style of each painted number is rooted in the urban environment. Bright colors reflect city lights and high-key color ads, and the style of each number recalls stenciled numbers on buildings and sidewalks.
© Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective; 2018; p. 179; pl. 39
Signature & date
Stenciled on verso: Brooks Memphis 4
Docent information sheet
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Robert Indiana (American, b.1928, d.2018)