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Robert Indiana

American, 1928–2018

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Robert Indiana

American, 1928–2018

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One of the central figures of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana takes his inspiration from commercial signs, claiming: “There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.” In his paintings, sculptures, and prints, he mimics and re-arranges the words and numbers of a myriad of signs, including the Phillips 66 gas station logo and the “Yield” traffic sign. He is most famous for his “LOVE” paintings and sculptures, first produced in the 1960s. Creating a block out of the word—with the “L” and the “O” set atop the “V” and the “E”—Indiana has effectively inserted his own sign into the mix.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$4m, Christie's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Whitney Biennial
Biography

One of the central figures of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana takes his inspiration from commercial signs, claiming: “There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.” In his paintings, sculptures, and prints, he mimics and re-arranges the words and numbers of a myriad of signs, including the Phillips 66 gas station logo and the “Yield” traffic sign. He is most famous for his “LOVE” paintings and sculptures, first produced in the 1960s. Creating a block out of the word—with the “L” and the “O” set atop the “V” and the “E”—Indiana has effectively inserted his own sign into the mix.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$4m, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Shows Featuring Robert Indiana
Articles Featuring Robert Indiana
The Little-Known Manhattan Neighborhood Where Agnes Martin and Robert Indiana Made Art
Nov 22nd, 2016
The Little-Known Manhattan Neighborhood Where Agnes Martin and Robert Indiana Made Art
Robert Indiana Brings HOPE and more to the U.K.
Oct 27th, 2015
Robert Indiana Brings HOPE and more  to the U.K.
Beyond ‘LOVE’ and ‘HOPE’: Symbolic Screenprints by Robert Indiana
Jun 18th, 2014
Beyond ‘LOVE’ and ‘HOPE’: Symbolic Screenprints by Robert Indiana
Happy Birthday to Pop Artist Robert Indiana
Sep 13th, 2013
Happy Birthday to Pop Artist Robert Indiana
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