de Sarthe Gallery is pleased to exhibit, for the first time in Hong Kong, three major paintings by Robert Indiana titled ‘Decade Autoportrait’. Executed between 1972-1977 these rare works are the largest from a series of ten paintings in three different sizes (24 x 24 inches/61 x 61 cm, 48 x 48 inches/122 x 122 cm and 72 x 72 inches/183 x 183 cm) which Indiana exhibited for the first time at the Galerie Denise René in New York in 1972. Each painting in the series follows a similar structure: a large “1” dominates the background and its extremities stretch from edge to edge. Similarly, a large circle is inscribed in the square of the canvas and within that circle a decagon inscribed with a five-pointed star, reminiscent of the Texaco logo of the star inscribed within the circle.
These three paintings were exhibited at the Robert Indiana retrospective that took place at the Shanghai Art Museum from July 5 – August 8, 2002.