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Arsenal Technical High Class of 1946

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Robert later adopted the professional name of Robert Indiana, becoming famous throughout the world for his art works.

Born in 1928 at New Castle, Indiana, as Robert Clark, between 1945 and 1948 he studied at art schools in Indianapolis and Utica, NY, from 1949 to 1953 at the Chicago Art Institute School and the Skowhgan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. In 1953 and 1954 he studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and London University, after which he settled in New York where he took up contact with the painters Kelly, Smith and Youngerman. His early works were inspired by traffic signs, automatic amusement machines, commercial stencils and old trade names. In the early sixties he did sculpture assemblages and developed his style of vivid color surfaces, involving letters, words and numbers. In 1966 he had exhibitions in Düsseldorf, Eindhoven (Van Abbemuseum), Krefeld (Museum Haus Lange) and Stuttgart (Württembergische Kunstverein). He was represented at the Documenta "4" Exhibition, Kassel, in 1968. He became known for silkscreen prints, posters and sculptures which took the word LOVE as their theme. The brash directness of these works stemmed from their symmetrical arrangements of color and form.

"By nature I am a keeper. I just don’t discard things.
In a sense my art is really a reflection of that.
There’s nothing virtuosic about my way of painting.
Virtuosity seems to me to be the other side of serenity.
I always thought of my work as being celebratory."
Robert Indiana *

Recent Exhibitions: Virginia Lust Gallery, New York; Lorenzelli Arte, Milan; National Museum of American Art, Washington DC; William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Multiples, New York; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Newberger Museum, Purchase, New York; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico; Galerie Denise René, New York; GalerieIm Haus Behr, Hindenburgbau, Stuttgart; Galerie De Gestlo, Bremen; Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lubeck; Galerie Christoph Durr, Munich; Galerie Droscher-Furneisen, Hamburg; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruge; Amerika Haus, Berlin; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire; Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Creighton University, Omaha; Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania.

Public Collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan; Allentown Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Brandeis Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts; Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, New York; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California.

* from Robert Indiana, 13, 173, 207, Harry N. Abrams, 1990.

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