Robert Indiana (born September 13, 1928), one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, has played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. A self proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana has created a highly original body of work that explores American identity, personal history and the power of abstraction and language, establishing an important legacy that resonates in the work of many contemporary artists who make the written word a central element of their oeuvre.
Indiana’s work often consists of bold, simple, iconic images, especially numbers and short words like EAT, HUG, and, his best known example, LOVE. His ‘LOVE’ print, first created for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas card in 1965, was the basis for the widely distributed 1973 United States Postal Service ‘LOVE’ stamp. His media include paper (silk screen) and Cor-ten steel sculpture.