Celebrating Love!

  • Robert Indiana, pages from The Book of Love, 1996, Edition AP3-15, gift of the artists, 2008
February 14, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Rothschild Gallery

This show explores Robert Indiana’s persistent and multi-faceted exploration of his LOVE imagery, among the most recognized images in the history of American art.  It features the museum’s LOVE sculpture, along with his Book of LOVE, a portfolio of prints and poems.  The origins of Robert Indiana’s many versions of LOVE can be traced to personal as well as artistic sources.  He was raised as a Christian Scientist and in the simple churches he went to during his childhood in Indiana, he took note of the single inscription found in all of them:  God is Love.  In 1961 he inserted the word in a painting, 4-Star Love, running it across the bottom of the canvas.  In 1964, he painted Love is God, rephrasing the words he encountered years earlier in church.  Later that year the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned Indiana to do one of its Christmas cards, and in 1965 he produced a red, green, and blue design with the word “love” that established the model for what became one of the most iconic images in American art.