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.
Honoring the artist in his 90th year and celebrating over 15 years of representation by the gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery presents two iconic works: LOVE Wall and ONE through ZERO.
LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
February 7 – July 15, 2018
"LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia expands our knowledge of Robert Indiana with an exploration of his multifarious use of text throughout his six-decade-long career. Along with Indiana, the exhibition features eight artists and art groups from Asia whose artistic interactions with text generate diverse conceptual outcomes. They are selected based on the artistic merit of their works which challenge what words mean in a conventional sense.
There are various languages at play in the gallery: Indiana’s main poetic device is English but he has also worked in Spanish and Chinese. Other featured artists utilized Arabic, ancient Chinese, and Japanese. LOVE Long brings together different systems of meaning in the context of Hong Kong’s unique cultural setting.
In our fast-paced contemporary world, no one seems to have time or patience to read more than headlines and hashtags. We consume text as information and language has been stripped of its poetic potential. The works on view prompt the audience to contemplate the art of language and the subtle differences between what is said and what is meant.
This exhibition is curated by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, with Kaitlin Chan serving as assistant curator."
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.
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.