Artist Robert Indiana, Known for "LOVE" Series, Dies at 89
NEW CASTLE, Ind--Famous Indiana artist, Robert Indiana, has died.
Indiana was best known for his LOVE sculptures where the famous image features the word L-O-V-E rendered in colorful capital letters, with the first two letters stacked on top of the other two, and the letter “O” tilted as if it were being swept off its feet.
His lawyer told the New York Times that Indiana died from respiratory failure at his home off the coast of Maine. He was 89. Indiana, whose original name was Robert Clark, was born in New Castle in 1928.
Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture was returned to the Pulliam Family Great Hall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art last March after undergoing critical conservation treatment.
Completed in 1970, the iconic sculpture was one of the first created from Cor-Ten steel and is accepted as the original version of Indiana’s LOVE sculptures.
Newfields in the Indianapolis Museum of Art released the following statement on Twitter:
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the beloved Robert Indiana. His Legacy of Love will continue to live on for generations to come as the original LOVE sculpture greets guests into the IMA Galleries. #RobertIndiana#Love, Robert Indiana (American, 1928-2018), 1970. pic.twitter.com/Iq0MI3fya8
— Newfields (@NewfieldsToday) May 22, 2018