October 15 - January 24, 2021
A solo exhibition featuring work by Robert Indiana.
From the McNay:
“Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love honors the life and art of the late Pop icon and his resounding legacy. A self-proclaimed “painter of signs,” Robert Indiana shaped a highly original body of work that explores American identity; his own personal history; and the power of abstraction, symbolism, and language. Surveying Indiana’s art in conversation with works by his contemporaries and successors, this exhibition examines the innovative foreground of text and symbol within visual art during the postwar era. With artworks that at once call on the viewer to“see” and to “read,” Robert Indiana pioneered a triumphant union of text and image.
Known as one of the leaders of the Pop art movement of the 1960s, Robert Indiana’s prolific career extends well beyond this period. The artist created paintings, prints, and sculptures characterized by clean lines and saturated color until his passing in 2018. From his iconic LOVE compositions to his larger-than-life painting style, Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love invites you to dive into the artist’s multi-decade career.
These days, character counts, photo captions, and text messages fill our daily lives. In his unique approach to image-making, Indiana’s art anticipated the current digital moment—characterized by short, direct, text-based bursts of communication. From Pop artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to contemporary artists including Mel Bochner, Deborah Kass, Glenn Ligon, Stephanie Patton, and Jack Pierson, this exhibition presents examples ranging from 1961 to the present in dialogue with shared themes in Indiana’s artwork. Of particular interest are examples by artists with ties to San Antonio, including Jesse Amado, Alejandro Diaz, Ethel Shipton, and Gary Sweeney. Robert Indiana’s lasting impact on the history of contemporary art remains profound, as his images take on new meanings in the present day.”
On View: October 15, 2020 | 10 am – 6 pm
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, 78209 TX
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