Robert Indiana (1928-2018), one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. Born Robert Clark in Indiana, he was adopted as an infant and spent his childhood moving frequently throughout his namesake state, later adopting it as his surname.
Most famous for his iconic “LOVE” image, which has appeared across media including sculptures, prints, and paintings and epitomizes the
artist’s graphic, predominantly text-based Pop art practice. A self-proclaimed “American painter of signs,” throughout his career, Indiana reconfigured the aesthetics of American advertisements, slogans, and commercial logos into bright, pared-down works that commented on American identity and the power of language. Indiana studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before moving to New York and becoming involved with avant-garde artists including Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin.
His paintings and sculptures regularly sell for seven figures on the secondary market and belong in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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