Robert Indiana was born ‘Robert Clark’ in 1928, but took on the name of his home state as his moniker after moving to New York in 1954. Indiana studied printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1949–1953) and soon realised his predilection for screenprinting, the medium for which he is perhaps best-known today.
Very few images are as widely recognisable as Indiana’s LOVE motif; it has appeared in myriad forms, including prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, tapestries, and stamps. Indiana’s artworks demonstrate his fascination with the power that ordinary words can have when displayed boldly and in eye-catching colour. The notion of repeating a single image or motif is perhaps best-known through Andy Warhol’s series of Marylin screenprints from 1967, or his Soup Cans of 1962, linking Indiana with the leading Pop artists of this time through their shared artistic practices and intensions.
Indiana’s work has featured in numerous important exhibitions in the last few decades, most notably the 2013 retrospective of the artist’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Today, his screenprints and sculptures can be found in public collections and outdoor spaces in New York, Tokyo, London, and many other cities around the world.
Each of the screen prints in this collection comes with its own unique poem which has been written by the artist and is framed on the reverse.