Philadelphia Museum of Art: Amor By Robert Indiana

September 22, 2015 - January 29, 2016

In celebration of Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia, Robert Indiana’s colorful sculpture AMOR will be exhibited atop the Museum’s famous steps.

To honor Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art are pleased to present Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace. The colorful, six-foot-high sculpture will overlook the celebration of the papal mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015, the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.

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America Is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum of American Art

May 1 - September 27, 2015

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon.

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Robert Indiana Sign Paintings 1960-65

On view at Craig F. Starr Gallery
September 10 – October 31, 2015

Presenting a group of largely unknown, rarely exhibited Robert Indiana paintings, Historian John Wilmerding writes:

"Early in his career, Robert Indiana painted around two dozen small-scale canvases (most are approximately one foot square). These paintings laid the groundwork for what would later become the artist’s signature Pop style. While a few have been shown alongside later work, a substantial group of these paintings has never before been brought together in a single exhibition. The paintings illustrate Indiana’s transition from abstract composition to the use of words and numbers. The earliest paintings are clean, simplified geometries. These works show the influence of Ellsworth Kelly, who shared studio space with Indiana as early as 1956, working at that time with simple outlined forms abstracted from botanical and architectural fragments."

Co-curated by the renowned art historian, John Wilmerding, Robert Indiana: Sign Paintings, 1960-65 is the first exhibition to closely examine this important series of paintings and includes 17 examples. Works on view include loans from the artist, private collections, and public institutions.

- John Wilmerding is the Sarofim Professor of American Art, emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the co-author of a book and two exhibition catalogues on Robert Indiana. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay written by Wilmerding.


Arts & Foods at the Triennale di Milano

April 9 - November 1, 2015

The exhibition Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851, running from April 9 to November 1, 2015, is the first section of the EXPO 2015 to open, as well as the only thematic area of the Expo located in the center of Milan. The exhibition, inspired by the main theme of the EXPO, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, is aimed to investigate the manifold relationship between food, its rituals and different means of artistic expression over a 160 years long period -from 1851, the year of the first World Exposition in London, to present day.

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PROPORTIO at the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

May 9 - November 22, 2015

PROPORTIO, an exhibition organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia opens this May to coincide with the 56th International Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti and located in the imposing Palazzo Fortuny, the exhibition explores the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture.

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