“THE AMERICAN DREAM is an ongoing series of paintings begun in 1960 and which became the artist’s first major canvas to be sold and the purchaser was the Museum of Modern Art. Obviously the fourth in the series the ‘BEWARE DANGER’ designation comes from the very nature of the number ‘4’ itself, which in the scale of man’s life from one to ten, indicates adolesence [sic] and a reference to road signs which signal ‘Danger’ via these colors. Here there is also the oblique reference to the German Nazi flag which heralded great ‘danger’ to all mankind, not only in the colors, but in the very configuration of the four ‘4’s when arranged in this manner, greatly suggesting the swastika. The impact of the Second World War on America is, of course, a matter of history.”
Artist Questionnaire, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1963.