«There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.»
Robert Indiana (1928, New Castle, 2018, Vinalhaven) has been one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement in American art. Since the 1960s, he 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 works 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 artistic production.
Indiana quickly gained reputation as one of the most creative artists of his generation, leading him to be featured in the most influential New York art shows during the 60’s. In 1961, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired The American Dream, I (1961), the first in a series of paintings exploring the illusory American Dream, establishing Indiana as one of the most significant members of the new generation of Pop artists.
Indiana’s artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world; for years he has been an established artist on the market, with his works being auctioned in the most prestigious auction houses worldwide, and also present in permanent collections of important museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to mention a few. He has also been included in numerous international publications, and is the subject of a number of monographs.