Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE at the Whitney Museum of American Art was the first U.S. retrospective of Indiana’s work in twenty-five years and the first to be shown in New York City. The exhibition, curated by Barbara Haskell, consisted of nearly ninety works draws out the political, social, and personal dimensions of Indiana’s work, presenting a multifaceted portrait of a complex artist deeply engaged with his times.
Although drawn from all phases of Indiana’s career, the exhibition focused primarily on his output during the 1960s, including examples from his American Dream series, the Confederacy series, the early literary paintings, and the major early LOVE canvases, such as LOVE Cross (1968) and his first LOVE sculpture (1966–1968). Rarely seen early works such as Mene, Mene, Tekel (1955–56/1989) and The American Sweetheart (1959–61) were shown alongside a large group of early herms and constructions. Later paintings from the Hartley Elegy series and The Ninth American Dream (2001) highlighted the prevailing strength and continuity of Indiana’s vision.
The exhibition traveled to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, February 5–May 25, 2014.