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Robert Indiana

Robert IndianaAKA Robert Clark

Born: 13-Sep-1928
Birthplace: New Castle, IN
Died: 18-May-2018
Location of death: Vinalhaven, ME
Cause of death: Respiratory failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Artist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Creator of the "LO/VE" sculpture

Adopted the name Indiana to not "endure the pangs of his actual identity". Worked with Andy Warhol to create the film Eat, at twenty-foot sign of which was featured prominently in the New York State Pavillion at the 1964 World's Fair. He is best known for the heavily reproduced pop-art LO/VE image, with the tilted O, issued in purple by the US Postal Service in 1973. His art questions identity and its place in America. He is the feature of a retrospective, Love and the American Dream: The Art of Robert Indiana.


[1] Sean Kennedy, "Putting his Stamp on Love: The Man Who Bent the O in LOVE is Everywhere This Summer. Catching Up with 75-Year-Old Out Painter Robert Indiana", The Advocate, 22 June 2004.

Father: Earl Clark
Mother: Carmen Watters
Boyfriend:
Ellsworth Kelly (painter, together early 1960s)

    High School: Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN
    Conservatory: Chicago Art Institute (1949-53)


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