Robert Indiana at the Whitney – New York

Robert Indiana at the Whitney – New York

September 26, 2013, through January 5, 2014 – In, “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE,” the Whitney presents the first major American museum retrospective devoted to the work of Robert Indiana, known the world over for his iconic representation of the word, “LOVE.” 75 paintings and sculptures created over the last five decades survey the artist’s complete body of work, exploring his bold use of language, his continual questioning and dissection of American identity and the multiple layers of personal history embedded in his art, placing alongside well known works such as, “EAT/DIE,” from 1962, “Exploding Numbers,” from 1964 and “LOVE,”  from 1965, a range of examples, from his earliest geometric paintings created in 1955 to his, “Ninth American Dream,” from 2001, the last work in a series that has consumed Indiana throughout his career.

From the beginning of his career, Indiana, now 85, embraced a vocabulary of highway signs and roadside establishments, combining words with images to create singular art that was bold and visually kinetic. Central to the emergence of Pop art along with Lichtenstein, Oldenburg and Warhol, the success of 1965’s, “LOVE,” eclipsed to a great extent the range and breadth of Indiana’s oeuvre as represented in the display with painted vertical wood sculptures named, “Herms,” after the ancient Greek anthropomorphic stone pillars, the entire politically-charged, “Confederacy Series,” pinpointing sites of violent crimes against African Americans and civil rights workers, rarely seen collages of costumes designed for the bicentennial production of Virgil Thomson’s and Gertrude Stein’s operatic collaboration, “The Mother of Us All,” a series of paintings using texts drawn from the American writers Whitman, Melville and Longfellow as well as paintings inspired by twentieth-century American masterpieces by artists such as Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley and Joseph Stella.

"EAT/DIE" (1962) - Indiana

“EAT/DIE” (1962) – Indiana

 Exhibition Official Site

 

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue @ 75th Street

New York, NY 10021

(212) 570-3600

 

September 26, 2013, through January 5, 2014

Visiting Hours:

Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Admission:

$20 for an Adult Ticket.

$16 for a Student Ticket (19 – 25).

$16 for a Senior Ticket (65 and over).

Free for those 18 and under.

Tickets entitle guests to visit all of the Museum’s galleries (there is no special exhibition surcharge).

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