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Beware-Danger American Dream #4, 1963

Robert Indiana, American, b. New Castle, Indiana, 1928

Oil on canvas, four panels, each: 36 1/8 × 36 in. (91.6 × 91.5 cm); overall, diagonal: 102 1/4 in. (259.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.2540

Provenance:
Stable Gallery, New York, to 30 May 1963
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 30 May 1963-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
[STABLE GALLERY, New York. Group Show, June 1963, no. cat.]
WASHINGTON GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Washington, DC. "Formalists," 6 June-7 July 1963, no. 23, ill. back cover.
WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis. "Richard Stankiewicz / Robert Indiana: An Exhibition of Recent Sculptures and Paintings," 22 October-24 November 1963, no. 12, ill. Tour: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Boston, 14 December-26 January 1964.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "The Friends Collect: Recent Acquisitions by Members of the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art," 8 May-16 June 1964, no. 75. ill. p. 49.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "The Twenty-Ninth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting," 26 February-18 April 1965, no. 63.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 867, ill. p. 569; p. 704.
MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET D'ART CONTEMPORAIN, Nice. "Robert Indiana: Rétrospective 1958-1998," 26 June-22 November 1998, ill. p. 191.
PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART, Maine. "Love and the American Dream: The Art of Robert Indiana," 24 June-17 October 1999, no. 17, fig. 33, p. 54; p. 103. Tour: MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART, Georgia, 23 November-30 January 2000.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE," 26 September 2013-5 January 2014, fig. 68, p. 76. Tour: MCNAY ART MUSEUM, San Antonio, 5 February-25 May.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "Art: State of the Market," Time (21 June 1963), ill. p. 62.
Advertisement for Stable Gallery, New York. Art International 7, no. 6 (25 June 1963), ill. p. 21.
BRATTINGS, PIETER. "Robert Indiana: Graphic Pictures," Gebrauchsgraphik 35 (April 1964), fig. 1, p. 56.
Color plate, Cosmopolitan (December 1964), p. 96.
FELDMAN, EDMUND BURKE. Art as Image and Idea (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1967), ill. p. 338.
INDIANA, ROBERT and JOHN W. MCCOUBREY. Robert Indiana, with Statements by the Artist and an Introduction by John W. McCoubrey (Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1968), ill. p. 25.
FELDMAN, EDMUND BURKE. Varieties of Visual Experience: Art as Image and Idea, Revised and enlarged edition (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1972), ill. p. 428.
FELDMAN, EDMUND BURKE. Varieties of Visual Experience, Basic edition (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1973), ill. p. 310.
LERNER, ABRAM. Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), no. 94.
LERNER, ABRAM et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 704, ill. 867.
ADAMS, HUGH. Art of the Sixties (Oxford: Phaidon Press, Ltd., 1978), p. 22, fig. 14 [incorrect orientation].
UNSIGNED. America's Studio: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (brochure, 1988), ill. p. 19 [incorrect orientation].
SANDLER, IRVING. American Art of the 1960s (New York: Harper and Row, 1988), ill. 54, p. 157.
BAYLEY, STEPHEN. Commerce and Culture: From Pre-Industrial Art to Post-Industrial Value (Kent, England: Penshurst Press, 1989), fig. 48, p. 38 [incorrect orientation].
WEINHARDT, CARL J. Robert Indiana (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990), n.p., ill.
SEITZ, WILLIAM C. Art in the Age of Aquarius, 1955-1970 (Washington, DC and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), fig. 65, p. 80.
UNSIGNED. Sotheby's Catalogue, Contemporary Art, Part I, Sale 6494 (10 November 1993), n.p. (entry for lot 16).
GLUECK, GRACE. "Robert Indiana's Career: Love and American Style," New York Times (27 August 1999), p. B34.
RYAN, SUSAN ELIZABETH. Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000), n.p., fig. 4.26.

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