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."
Robert Indiana’s painted bronze sculpture KvF is included in the current exhibition Hello World. Revising a Collection, on view at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart through August 26.
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective provides an in-depth exploration of the work of one of America’s best known but least understood artists. With his career-defining LOVE sculpture, Indiana created what is perhaps the most beloved public artwork of the twentieth century and one of the most iconic works in all of art history.
The Frey Foundation, established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1974 to strengthen the communities of Western Michigan, protect its natural environment, and enhance its arts, has acquired a monumental sculpture by Robert Indiana, LOVE (Blue Outside Red Inside), 1966-1999, which the Foundation is installing in the city center opposite the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Grand Rapids is widely known for its annual ArtPrize exhibition, the largest program in the United States of outdoor art installations, and for the SiTE:LAB organization’s ongoing series of contemporary art installations, which welcome tens of thousands of visitors each year. Adding a major new element to the city’s vibrant landscape of public art, the Frey Foundation has generously lent its LOVE sculpture to the City of Grand Rapids for long-term installation. City officials and Frey Foundation leadership unveiled the 8-foot-tall LOVE to the public on the morning of May 9, 2018, on the occasion of the city’s “The Art of Placemaking” luncheon.
Robert Indiana's ONE Through ZERO, ten 8-foot tall Cor-ten steel sculptures, will be on display at Buffalo's Outer Harbor from early June through October 2019.