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Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE
     

Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE

by Barbara Haskell, Rene Paul Barilleaux (Contribution by), Sasha Nicholas (Contribution by)
 

The popularity of Robert Indiana’s LOVE works made the Pop artist a household name—and torpedoed his reputation, precipitating his self-imposed exile from the New York art world that had once acclaimed him and eclipsing the breadth and emotionally powerful content of the rest of his dynamic, conceptually charged work. Robert Indiana:

Overview

The popularity of Robert Indiana’s LOVE works made the Pop artist a household name—and torpedoed his reputation, precipitating his self-imposed exile from the New York art world that had once acclaimed him and eclipsing the breadth and emotionally powerful content of the rest of his dynamic, conceptually charged work. Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE is a compelling reassessment of the artist’s contributions to American art during his long and prolific career.

Indiana (b. 1928) has explored the power of language, American identity, and personal history for five decades. Although his imagery, suggestive of highway signs and roadside attractions, is visually dazzling on its surface and seems to reflect a native spirit of optimism, it contains a multilayered conceptual intricacy and darkness that draw on his own biography as well as on the myths, history, and literature of the United States. As chronicled in this landmark reappraisal, Indiana was a seminal figure of the 1960s and 1970s, whose artistic genius combined Pop art, hard-edged abstraction, and language-based conceptualism. With a generous illustration program, an appendix of the artist’s interviews and statements, and contributions by leading experts, this book provides a long overdue analysis of the development of Indiana’s career, his relationship to early-20th-century American painters, and his influence on contemporary language-based artists. In addition to an illustrated chronology, selected exhibition history, and selected bibliography, Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE includes transcripts from roundtable discussions with key Indiana experts, such as Thomas Crow, Bill Katz, Robert Pincus-Witten, Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Robert Storr, Allison Unruh, and John Wilmerding, who offer compelling insights on the significance of Indiana and his art.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
Much more than a souvenir, this print companion to famous pop artist Robert Indiana's Whitney show seeks to "reassess and appreciate the power and importance of Indiana's larger body of work." It succeeds beautifully. The focus is on the complexity and variety of his work as a truly American artist while noting his seminal shaping of contemporary art and global appreciation, through authoritative prose and excellent full-color reproductions. Five heavily illustrated sections flesh out this testimony. Haskell (curator, Whitney Museum; Lyonel Feininger), as primary contributor curator of the exhibition, explains Indiana's life and personal mythology through his signature forms, American literary allusions, and political messages in the introductory essay; she then moderates two scholarly dialogs. VERDICT This vivid and handsomely designed book is well documented with an exhibition history, chronology, interviews, and artist's statements. It is scholarly yet approachable and enjoyable. Highly recommended for the curious, students and scholars, exhibition fans, and those who want to digest and appreciate Indiana's contribution to and representation of the American Dream.—Marianne Laino Sade, Maryland Inst. Coll. of Art Lib., Baltimore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300196863
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
957,765
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Haskell is curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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