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Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018

Underground Gallery and Open Air
12 Mar 2022–8 Jan 2023

YSP is thrilled to present the first major UK exhibition of sculpture, painting and prints by American artist Robert Indiana, spanning a 60 year career. 

Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018 traces the development of the artist’s sculpture across six decades of significant social and political change. The exhibition explores the nuanced character of Indiana’s practice and his perception of the darker side of the American dream. Unity, acceptance, and love are themes that run throughout Indiana’s work and that remain relevant today, such as movements against racism and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ communities.

Announcing the exhibition at the entrance to YSP will be Indiana’s iconic LOVE (Red Blue Green) (1966–1998). The artist first used the word in a painting in 1961. Beginning in 1964 he began a series of LOVE paintings using the unmistakable slanted ‘O’ within a square format that Indiana said was “the most dynamic way to use four letters”. The sculptural iterations of LOVE, the first of which was created in 1966 in aluminium, retain a sense of being extruded forms of the two-dimensional letters. 

Read more about the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by Morgan Art Foundation Ltd. and Henry Moore Foundation.

Image Top: Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1966–1998, Cor-Ten Steel. Photo courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. © 2021 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/DACS, London

Images L–R: Robert Indiana, LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966-1993, conceived: 1966; executed: 1993, Polychrome aluminium, 144 x 144 x 72 in. (365.8 x 365.8 x 182.9 cm). Shinjuku-I-Land Public Art Project, Tokyo. Photo: Courtesy of Shinjuku-I-Land Public Art Project, Tokyo, Japan; Artwork: © 2021 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Robert Indiana, Womb, 1960–62, Gesso, oil, iron, and iron wheels on wood, 45 x 16 3/4 x 16 in. (114.3 x 42.6 x 40.6 cm). Photo: Courtesy of RI Catalogue Raisonné LLC, New York; Artwork: © 2021 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.