NEW YORK — Artist Robert Indiana says love hurt him.
Love, as in his world-famous LOVE image — stacked letters with a tilted O — that became a symbol of the “make love, not war” 1960s counterculture revolution.
That one image eclipsed all his other work. But now the artist’s first major retrospective titled “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE” at the Whitney Museum of American Art that opened Thursday could change that.
“It’s a dream come true, a little late,” Indiana, who turned 85 this month, said in an interview at the museum this week surrounded by 95 works he created over the past five decades.