Friday, 13 September 2013

Beyond Love - Happy birthday, Robert Indiana!

It is tough to be an actor of one role or an artist of one artwork. Curiosity brought me to check what else has Robert Indiana who turned 85 today, has created apart from “Love”. 

He did various colors of “Love” transforming them into Italian “Amor” and Hebrew "Ahava", some “Hope” that earned him money at least to “Eat”. Too simple but at the same time original… and this is “Art”, my dears! 

the original image, with green and blue spaces backing red lettering, served as a print image for a Museum of Modern Art Christmas card in 1964 
"The word love was connected to [the artist's] childhood experiences attending a Christian Science church, where the only decoration was the wall inscription God is Love. The colors were an homage to his father, who worked at a Phillips 66 gas station during the Depression." (Megan Wilde for Mental Floss Magazine's)

Love is spread across the world in 39 locations
This sculture is in Fondation Pierre Gianadda's sculpture park in Martingy, Switzerland
Swedish Love by Robert Indiana
Swedish Love, 1995, Wool Carpet. Source: Artnet 
Amor in front of Milan's La Scala opera house. Source: Flickr 
Hebrew "ahava" is the most commonly used word for both 
interpersonal love and love between God and God's creations. Source: Tumblr
Hope, inspired by Obama. Source: The Seattle Times
Hope in front of Pepsi Center at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, USA. Source: MTV  
The Electric EAT, 1964-2007 Aluminum and lights 198.1 x 198.1 x 17.8 cm 
Source: Paul Kasmin gallery

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