All About Love
In September, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened the first United States retrospective for artist Robert Indiana entitled Beyond Love, examining the 85-year-old artist’s paintings and sculptures not associated with his most well-known image, Love. The 1964 graphic, spelling out the word “LOVE” in block typeface, was first linked to the anti-war era.
While the Whitney exhibition is garnering critical acclaim for uncovering the artist’s darker, more psychologically complex assemblages, the auction world is still in love with Love, more specifically, the painted aluminum sculptures created in the 1990s. These may have sullied the artist’s reputation, but they have certainly not hurt him commercially, and indeed, they continue to make up a large part of his success at auction.
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