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Who is Robert Indiana?

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Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana is a pop artist, who is best known for his
'LOVE'
sculpture series.

These sculptures can be seen in more than 30 locations around the world.
Robert's first 'Love' sculpture in Indianapolis.
Robert was born as Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana in 1928. He settled in New York in 1954. In 1958, Robert Clark adopted the name of his home state and became Robert Indiana because “Clark” was, in his opinion, too ordinary.
Indiana's work consisted of bold, simple, and iconic images, especially numbers and short words.
Robert's sculpture called 'LOVE' was originally created as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. His simple creation of vibrant red letters against a green and blue background became one of the museum's most popular items.
Indiana exhibited a suite of painting and small sculptures at an event he called the "Love Show" in New York.
LOVE was so popular with the public that NBC televised the event. During an era of love and peace protests, the image struck a nerve with the spirit of the 1960's.
In the 1970's, Robert left New York and LOVE behind. He moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine. He stayed there for nearly three decades, until 2008 when Barack Obama's campaign approached him for help, and Indiana decided to give LOVE one more chance. He used the same design to create a red, white, and blue sculpture of HOPE to benefit the campaign. It was unveiled outside the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. The image was re-created on T-shirts, pins, posters, and bumper stickers, and sales of HOPE merchandise raised more than $1 million for the campaign.
Sources

Esaak, Shelly. "Robert Indiana Biography - Art History." About.com Art History. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014.

"Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE." Whitney Museum of American Art:. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014.

Yood, James W. "Robert Indiana (American Artist)."
Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 02 May 2014.
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