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Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018

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

YSP presents a dynamic selection of sculpture, painting and prints spanning 60 years of Robert Indiana’s career. This is the first European museum exhibition of sculpture by the artist and will enable contextual and wide public understanding and appreciation of an exceptional American artist.

Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018 traces the development of the artist’s sculpture across six decades of significant social and political change. Through the selection of fifty-seven works, six of which will be shown in the landscape, 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. At YSP, this work will be seen against the background of parkland, lakes and woodland valley.

The brilliantly coloured aluminium Numbers ONE Through ZERO (1980–2001), positioned on the Gallery Lawn, blends painting and sculpture in Indiana’s characteristic style, representing the stages in life, from birth to death.

A 45-page illustrated guide and a 128-page catalogue will be produced, featuring in-situ photography and including texts by Flavia Frigeri, Chanel Curator for the Collection at the National Portrait Gallery and the author of Pop Art and Women Artists (Art Essentials); Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at YSP; Simon Salama-Caro from Morgan Art Foundation, New York; and the artist.

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

Image Top: Robert Indiana, AMOR (Red Yellow), 1998–2006, conceived: 1998; executed: 2006, Polychrome aluminium, 96 x 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 243.8 x 121.9 cm). Private collection. Photo: Courtesy of RI Catalogue Raisonné LLC, New York; Artwork: © 2021 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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.