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Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE at the Whitney

Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm.

Robert Indiana (b. Robert Clark, 1928) first emerged on the wave of Pop Art that engulfed the art world in the early 1960s. Bold and visually dazzling, his work embraced the vocabulary of highway signs and roadside entertainments that were commonplace in post war America. Presciently, he used words to explore themes of American identity, racial injustice, and the illusion and disillusion of love. The appearance in 1966 of what became his signature image, LOVE, and its subsequent proliferation on unauthorized products, eclipsed the public’s understanding of the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art. This retrospective reveals an artist whose work, far from being unabashedly optimistic and affirmative, addresses the most fundamental issues facing humanity—love, death, sin, and forgiveness—giving new meaning to our understanding of the ambiguities of the American Dream and the plight of the individual in a pluralistic society.

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  • Allan

    Nice group of people and nice tour of the Indiana exhibition.

    January 4, 2014

  • Anna

    Nice group/ inspiring art

    January 3, 2014

  • Allan

    I think given the weather tomorrow this event would have been postponed to a more suitable Friday. There might well be a line to stand on outside the Whitney. If it must go forward then I am surprised we are meeting half a mile away from the Whitney and then trekking over there in the snow. Meeting inside the Museum at a specified spot I think would be a better idea. Just my two cents.....

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Karen

      Hi Allan: It's OK with me if you'd like to go directly to the museum. Or if you'd prefer to change your RSVP to 'no.'

      January 3, 2014

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