In February, the McNay Art Museum presents Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE, a survey exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The McNay is the only other venue in the nation to host this critically acclaimed exhibition, on view February 5 through May 25, 2014.
Beyond LOVE presents the work of Robert Indiana, which is characterized by bold, simple, and brightly colored numbers, letters, symbols, and short words. Indiana is also the artist widely known for his iconic LOVE sculptures and paintings. However, in Beyond LOVE, more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from public and private collections from around the world place Indiana’s work into a broader perspective by presenting the artist’s full range of work over the course of five decades.
Described as “shockingly exciting” by the New York Times when it opened in September at the Whitney, Beyond LOVE has received critical acclaim from the Wall Street Journal, Art Newspaper, Vogue magazine, and the BBC, as well as Good Morning America.
The McNay is proud to be one of the important lending institutions to Beyond LOVE. Included from the McNay’s collection are 12 costume designs from the opera, The Mother of Us All, which chronicles the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony; a painting featuring Marilyn Monroe titled, The Metamorphosis of Norma Jean Mortenson, 1967; and Decade: Autoportrait, 1961.
Director of the McNay, William J. Chiego comments, “These works highlight a major theme of the exhibition: Indiana’s work as a commentary on the social and political issues of the 1960s, as well as the concept of the American Dream. Each was given to the McNay by the late Robert L. B. Tobin, one of San Antonio’s greatest arts patrons, and a major supporter and friend of Indiana.”
In addition to Beyond LOVE, the McNay honors Robert Indiana and his work with two complementary exhibitions. Robert Indiana: The Mother of Us All, focuses on Indiana’s costumes for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera about Susan B. Anthony, and Robert Indiana’s Hartley Elegies, features 10 monumental screenprints by the artist, exploring the relationship between Marsden Hartley and Karl von Freyburg.
About the Artist
Born Robert E. Clark in New Castle, Indiana, renowned American artist Robert Indiana adopted the name of his native state early in his career. One of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, Indiana has been a pioneer of assemblage art, hard-edge painting, and Pop art. Inspired by his first grade teacher to become an artist, he later enrolled in Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. Indiana spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine, and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. In 1956, he took up residence in Coenties Slip in lower Manhattan and joined a community of artists that would come to include Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, and Jack Youngerman. In 1961, the Museum of Modern Art acquired The American Dream, I (1961), establishing Indiana as one of the most important members of the new generation of Pop artists. He is best known for his iconic 1966 LOVE painting. Indiana has lived and worked in Vinalhaven, Maine since 1978.
Recently published by Yale University Press, the Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE catalogue features artist Robert Indiana’s body of work from 1955 – 2007. The 256-page illustrated catalogue with essays by Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Sasha Nicholas, an independent curator and art historian; and René Paul Barilleaux, Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay. Through vibrant images and thoughtful analysis from leading experts, the catalogue assesses the development of Indiana’s career, as well as his relationship with other early twentieth-century artists, and his continued influence on contemporary artists today.
To request a complimentary press copy of the catalogue, contact Daniela Oliver de Portillo at 210.805.1754.
Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, her Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when the McNay opened in 1954. Today more than 125,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. The site of major exhibitions, the Stieren Center also includes outdoor sculpture galleries
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