This is the first European exhibition of sculpture by the exceptional American artist Robert Indiana, and includes a dynamic selection of sculpture, painting and prints spanning 60 years.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to see the development of the artist’s sculpture across six decades of significant social and political change. Through the selection of 47 works, 34 of which are sculptures with six shown in the open air, the exhibition explores the nuanced character of Indiana’s practice, describing how he inflected the darker side of the American dream. Exploring his ambitions for unity, acceptance and love for all people, the exhibition will draw out themes that were important to Indiana and that remain relevant today, such as campaigns against racism and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community.
A number of the iconic LOVE sculptures will be displayed, including LOVE (Red Blue Green) (1966-98) announcing the exhibition at the entrance to the park. Originally conceived as a MoMA Christmas card in the mid-1960s, LOVE became ubiquitous.
The sculptural iterations retain a sense that they are extruded forms of the two-dimensional letters, unmistakable as Indiana’s characteristic style, with the slanted ‘O’ and the square format that was, as the artist stated, “the most dynamic way to use four letters”.
The exhibition is supported by the Morgan Art Foundation.