Robert Indiana became one of the most famous 1960s Pop artists, due mainly to his signature image, LOVE, which first appeared in 1966. Rendered by the artist in both 2-D and 3-D versions, it instantly became synonymous with the era of flower power. However, its successive—and unauthorized—proliferation on products ranging from posters to keychains had a deleterious impact on Indiana's career. The artist became viewed by many as a hack, and as a result, his art, which stylistically alluded to roadside Americana, was dismissed. But in fact, social justice was often a subject in his work, and his emphasis on typography arguably anticipated certain aspects of late-1960s Conceptualism. This retrospective sets out to restore Indiana to his rightful place in the annals of postwar art.
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