Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is pleased to announce the first major UK exhibition of sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018). Spanning 60 years of the artist’s career, the exhibition will include a dynamic display of outdoor and indoor sculpture, along with significant paintings and prints, many of which have not been previously shown in the UK. Exhibited in the Underground Gallery and open air, Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018 will further the contextual understanding and public appreciation of this exceptional American artist.
Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018 traces the development of the artist’s sculpture across six decades of significant social and political change. Through the selection of fifty-seven works, six of which will be shown in the landscape, the exhibition explores the nuanced character of Indiana’s practice and his perception of the darker side of the American dream. Unity, acceptance, and love are themes that run throughout Indiana’s work and that remain relevant today, such as movements against racism and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ communities.
A number of the iconic LOVE sculptures will be displayed, including LOVE (Red Blue Green) (1966-98) announcing the exhibition at the entrance to the park.
The sculptural iterations retain a sense that they are extruded forms of the two-dimensional letters, unmistakable as Indiana’s characteristic style, with the slanted ‘O’ and the square format that was, as the artist stated, “the most dynamic way to use four letters”.
The brilliantly coloured aluminium Numbers ONE Through ZERO (1980–2001), positioned on the Gallery Lawn, blends painting and sculpture in Indiana’s characteristic style, representing the stages in life, from birth to death.
A 45-page illustrated guide and a 128-page catalogue will be produced, featuring in-situ photography and including texts by Flavia Frigeri, Chanel Curator for the Collection at the National Portrait Gallery and the author of Pop Art and Women Artists (Art Essentials); Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at YSP; Simon Salama-Caro from the Morgan Art Foundation, New York; and the artist.
The exhibition is supported by the Morgan Art Foundation.