Indiana, Robert: 1928 - 2018 (USA)

The Artist

Robert Indiana was born, Robert Clark, in New Castle Indiana in 1928. He adopted the name of his native state as pseudonymous surname early in his career. Indiana was educated at John Herron School of Art, Indiana; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture University of Edinburgh; and Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Scotland. Indiana died on May 19, 2018 at his island home off the coast of Main, USA.

Robert Indiana is one of the key figures of the Pop Art movement in America, and is best known for his brilliantly colored geometric images. Indiana has taken the everyday symbols of roadside America and made them into cultural statements of life and politics. In the early 1960's his works were first purchased by major museums. In 1964 he collaborated with Andy Warhol on the film EAT and in the same year received his first public commission, a work for the exterior of the New York State Pavilion at the New York World's Fair - a 20 foot EAT sign. In 1967 he exhibited his figurative Mother and Father at the Sao Paulo Bienal, in Brazil. Other exhibitions include representation at Docments IV, Kassel Germany by fifteen pieces and a serigraph, Eie Deutche Vier.

Indiana's public sculpture is among the finest of world artists and includes the world famous Love sculptures created in the 1960's. The Love sculpture most well known is the one associated with the "city of brotherly love", i.e., Philadelphia PA, which is exhibited in John F. Kennedy Plaza i.e. Love Park in Philadelphia, PA. There are dozens of versions of the "Love" sculptures throughout the world including a version called AMOR,"Love" in Spanish, and one of those sculptures is permanently installed at Sister Cities Park. Indiana is recognized throughout Europe, Canada, South America, and the United States. Robert Indiana's enormous body of work consisting of numerous editions and multiples, has been exhibited in countless international solo and group exhibitions including but not limited to, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, and the Shanghai Art Museum among others. His paintings, sculptures and graphic work is exhibited and collected in most major museums in the United States displaying contemporary art including: the Washington National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In September 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted Indiana's first ever New Yorki retrospective, Robert Indiana: Beyond Love, which then travelled to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. In 2014 the Indianapolis Museum of Art hosted an exhibition dedicated to his original graphic prints.

The Art:

Robert Indiana's work is specifically associated with the period of American Pop Art. Unlike most Pop Art, Indiana's word-images manifest comment on society, and are rendered in clashing colors and precise hard-edge color shapes. Indiana's strength is his hostility to both closed systems and to art for art's sake. The American dream has been a recurring theme in his work, and he has used it to both celebrate and criticize the national way of life. In the midst of the star-spangled color of The American Dream #J, (1961, Museum of Modern Art) he highlights the words "Take All", and " Tilt". Generally rather than specifically, Indiana had interpreted American culture at that time - 'optimistic, generous, and naive'. His paintings, graphics, and constructions have given new meaning to works such as "Eat", "Die", "Love", and "Hope". His famous "Love" paintings, graphics, and construction is reproduced on the popular multi colored "Love" United States postage stamp. The art displayed below is the most successful and classic of Robert Indiana's art. -- The artwork entitled "Skid Row Autoportrait 1973" is a Robert Indiana self portrait in words, colors, shapes and numbers, created in the style of the artist's language of hard edge geometric abstraction. The symbolic interpretations of the colors is that Yellow and Black represent Beware Danger. The symbolic interpretations of the numbers is that Nine is the number before death. And, the number 69 depicted in the center of the piece is the artist's Star of Hope which was created for the island Penobscot Bay, Maine. When the artist arrived there, he said, "I was "still on 'Skid Row' " (referring to where he lived in 1964 at Spring Street and the Bowery in Manhattan) "Skid Row" was neighborhood known at the time for its bums, drugs, and down-and-out of the late 1960's. In 1969, Indiana began renting the upstairs of the mansarded Victorian-style Odd Fellows Hall named "The Star of Hope" in the island town of Vinalhaven Maine. The words "Hallelujah Vinal Haven" boldly featured in this artwork refer to Robert Indiana's final residence in the idylic place Odd Fellows Hall named "Star of Hope" in the island town of Vinhlhaven Maine which he eventually bought and moved in full time in 1978. (Note: Indiana grew reclusive in his final years. He died on May 19, 2018, at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, of respiratory failure at the age of 89.)

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Robert Indiana. Triangle #3 from the Polygon suite. 69/100. Serigraph. The paper size is 31" x 28". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and the surface is unblemished. The serigraph is signed and numbered in pencil. For description and discussion of Robert Indiana's work see the paragraphs above. The artwork, margins and surface, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

$4,650.

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Robert Indiana. Love Banner. Serigraph. Poster. The paper size id 15" x 15". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and the surface is unblemished. This piece was created as a banner for an 1969 Multiples show. For description and discussion of Robert Indiana's work see the paragraphs above. The artwork is in pristine condition. Close-Up

SOLD

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Robert Indiana. Skid Row Autoportrait 1973. 81/125. Serigraph. The paper size is 22" x 14". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and the sharp. For description and discussion of this self portrait and other Robert Indiana work see the paragraphs above. The artwork, margins and art surface, is in pristine condition. See: Self Portrait Discussion above at "The Art". Close-Up | Closer

$6,400.

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Robert Indiana. New York. Serigraph. Poster. The paper size is 43" x 33". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and sharp. This piece was created for Indiana's on person show at the well known Denise Rene New York Gallery. For description and discussion of Robert Indiana's work see the paragraphs above. The artwork, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

$1,850.

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Robert Indiana. New York White with Black. - Serigraph. Poster. The paper size is 43" x 33". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and sharp. This piece was created for Indiana's on person show at the well known Denise Rene New York Gallery. For description and discussion of Robert Indiana's work see the paragraphs above these images on this Robert Indiana "artist page". The artwork, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

$1,850.

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Robert Indiana. Mecca Milwaukee. Photo Offset. Poster. The paper size is 16 " x 30". The art was acquired in 1979. Color is rich and sharp. This piece was created for Indiana's basketball floor which was unveiled in 1977. The floor was used at the arena until the Milwaukee Bucks moved to the Bradley Center in 1988. For more discussion of this Robert Indiana's work see the paragraphs above these images on this Robert Indianna "artist page". The artwork, is created on paper which is significantly thinner than the paper (arches) used for the serigraph artworks, and the paper is glossy. The work is in pristine condition. ( To see a 2013 photograph of the floor when it was displayed at the Arena as a historical artifact , i.e., the Milwaukee Bucks / Marquette University Arena which is now the UWM Panther Arena) go to http://archive.jsonline.com/blogs/news/288289851.html.) Close-Up

$300.

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