The recent death of Robert Indiana has inspired museums and galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Berlin and other major cities to honor the artist with retrospectives of his work.
A current exhibit, in Tampa, Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective contains many of the artists’ early works and work that has never before been in a public exhibit.
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective at the Tampa Museum of Art
The Robert Indiana exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art was organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York and was meant to open at the Albright-Knox Gallery last summer, to celebrate Indiana’s 90th birthday. Sadly, Indiana died in May, at age 89, before the exhibition opened in Buffalo.
The exhibit does, contain Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculptures, including ones made of marble, which have never been exhibited before, but it also includes lesser-known paintings, prints, early assemblages and sculptures.
Indiana often painted in series, using numbers and symbols that he found meaningful. He also created homages to artists he admired, like Marsden Hartley, a painter who lived and worked in Maine, and Picasso, whose work he much admired.
The Hartley Elegies, available at the Surovek Gallery, is a reference to Hartley’s relationship with German officer Karl vonFreyburg, who was killed at the start of World War 1.
The circle, letters and numbers were Indiana’s way of communicating fairly simple ideas within his work. In his homage to Picasso, he included the artists’ initials, family name and the dates of his birth and death.
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective at the Tampa Museum of Art opened on October 25th and will be on exhibit through March 17, 2019.
Robert Indiana’s Estate
Robert Indiana died at his home, called The Star of Hope, on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine, where he had lived and worked since 1969. Indiana’s estate has been mired in litigation since his death. His wish was to turn his home into a public museum, housing not just his own work, but also the works of other great artists in his private collection.
A few weeks ago, two of the paintings from Indiana’s estate were sold at Christie’s to help pay for repairs on the building. One of the paintings, done by Indiana’s close friend, Ellsworth Kelly, and dedicated to Indiana, sold for $2,772,500, more than twice the high estimate.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Robert Indiana or any of the other fine art work available at the Surovek Gallery.
Maggie Duffy. LOVE and other passions: Robert Indiana’s sculpture retrospective at the Tampa Museum of Art. Tampa Bay Times. November 16, 2018.
Bob Keyes, Portland Press Herald. Robert Indiana owned paintings up for auction to pay bills, repair Maine home. November 16, 2018.
Mark Shanahan. Auction of paintings will help repair late artist Robert Indiana’s Maine home. Boston Globe. November 17, 2018.