Exhibitions: "Robert Indiana: Beyond Love" at the Whitney Museum
Though the world may be familiar with Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE typography, found in sculptures, prints, paintings, and souvenirs across the globe, not much attention was given to the 85-year-old artist's other works until this year.
In September, "Robert Indiana: Beyond Love," a retrospective opened at the Whitney Museum, celebrating and rekindling New York's relationship with the artist, who left the city in 1978 for Maine after being "blackballed" by the Leo Castelli, Andy Warhol, and the artists of that time. "It started a long time ago with the Castelli gang. I have never been given a museum retrospective in New York, but all my peers have," Indiana said in a 2012 interview, according to The Art Newspaper.
His LOVE typography was problematic in ways, too. On the one hand, it brought him much acclaim—even becoming a design for a specialty Maine license plate. But his LOVE design also brought him grief, as the work was never copyrighted and dominated his career as an artist.
'Love' cinched my whole career, it put me on the map," he told The Art Newspaper. "But, it has also caused me grief and unhappiness, rip-offs and endless unpleasantness." In 2013, however, the world finally glimpsed a comprehensive collection of Indiana's works, which explore common symbols in 1960s America and challenged conventions of that time.