Robert Indiana

New York, USA
Although Robert Indiana came to prominence during the 1960s as a Pop artist, his concerns have differed greatly from those of his contemporaries. National and cultural identity have always held more interest for Indiana than the mass media and trappings of consumer culture. As a self-styled American icon, his influences, methods, and outlook mirror that of his native country. What distinguishes Indiana from his 'Pop' colleagues is the depth of his personal engagement with his subject matter: America and American life.

The American Dream is the cornerstone of Indiana's mature work. The roots of this powerful concept pervaded the artist's Depression-era childhood, as well as the social and political aspirations of the United States during his formative years as an artist (1940s-1960s). It was the theme of his first major painting (sold to The Museum of Modern Art in 1961), as well as a series of works that continues to the present (the artist finished The Seventh American Dream in 1998). Indiana's process of reconstructing and redefining the American Dream has taken many forms: his political paintings, like The Confederacy: Alabama (1965); his literary paintings, like The Calumet (1961); and his autoportraits and investigations of celebrity and identity, like The Metamorphosis of Norma Jean Mortenson.

place & year of birth
New Castle, Indiana, 1928

featured galleries

Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
PAD – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve

solo exhibitions
“Paintings & Drawings”, L&M Arts, New York
“American Art since 1945 in a New Light”, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio TX
Art Statements Gallery, Hon Kong
“Pop and Op”, Nassau County Museum or Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

“Modern Contemporary Masters”, Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz
“Art Market Now”, The Columns, Seoul
“Bodypolitcx”, Witte de With Cenbter for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
“Fondation Beyeler: Eros in der Kunst der Moderne”, BA-CA Kunstforum Wien, Vienna