Sat 12 Mar 2022 - Sun 08 Jan 2023
10:00 - 17:00
£0.00 - £6.00
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 is 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 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 the Morgan Art Foundation, New York; and the artist.
The exhibition is supported by the Morgan Art Foundation.