The legacy of Robert Indiana

A look back at the influential Pop Art artist

The legacy of Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana, the famous Pop Art artist that created the iconic 1970 “LOVE” sculpture, was born Robert Clark on September 13, 1928, in New Castle, Indiana, Robert was an active and popular artist during the 1960’s Pop Art explosion, along with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Indiana is the subject of two Warhol films, the 1964 “Eat”, that shows Indiana eating a mushroom for 45 minutes, and the 1963 short film “Bob Indiana Etc”. In 2008, Indiana created an image similar to his iconic “LOVE” but this time showcasing the word “HOPE”, and donated all proceeds from the sale of reproductions of his image to Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, raising in excess of $1,000,000. For Valentine’s Day 2011, Indiana created a similar variation on LOVE for Google, which was displayed in place of the search engine site’s normal logo. His famous “LOVE” sculpture often eclipsed his other artworks, but despite that, he leaves us with a rich artistic legacy.  Indiana passed away at age 89 in 2018. Check some of his works.

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