More than Love: Remembering Robert Indiana (1928–2018): A distinctively American artist who, along with four neighborhood contemporaries, changed the course of US painting forever

By Glenn Adamson

May 30, 2018

In the late 1950s, five artists, all gay, living within a few blocks of one another in New York, redirected the course of American painting. They abandoned gestural expressionism and laid the groundwork for the pop and minimalist idioms of the following decade. Four of them have received plenty of credit for doing so: Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Agnes Martin. The fifth was Robert Indiana.

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