Robert Indiana, “the Man who tilted the ‘O’ of LOVE was born Robert Clark, changing his name to the state of his birth. It is fitting that he adopted a place name: his family moved house numerous times during his formative years, and he traveled no less in adulthood, joining the US Air Force, and studying art in Chicago, Maine and Edinburgh before settling in New York and becoming tied in Pop Art. Those young years on the road clearly influenced Indiana’s work, the repeated stencil text, and stars and stripes motifs evoking road signs, authority badges, and military insignia, while simultaneously informing a generation of graphic designers. A major exhibition of his work gets underway this month in New York, with a satellite retrospective at Walton Fine Arts in London”.
Originally published on: http://issuu.com/michaelburland/docs/the_american_magazine_725_sep13/1