Robert Indiana, best known for his LOVE paintings and sculptures, is one of the most preeminent figures of the American Pop art movement. "Love" is a subject of importance for Indiana and remains central to the artist's oeuvre. Indiana transformed the universal theme of "love" into a sculptural form, presenting the works as both a shaped poem and a formal abstract configuration.
Conceived in 1966 and executed in 2002, Robert Indiana's LOVE in the palette of Gold and Blue is a radiating example of his most iconic and powerful work LOVE. Robert Indiana, whose work is always centered on his own life, felt it was a natural choice to use the blue and gold colors as they are not only the colors of the state flag of Indiana but also refer to Byzantine art, which the artist has long admired and felt his artwork closely related to. Rich with splendor and symbolism, Byzantine art was more abstract and contained a formal rigidity that Indiana identified with. Indiana had also incorporated gold into earlier examples of his works. For example his plywood pieces that he completed upon moving to New York in the mid 1950s, when materials were scarce and the raw elements discovered outside of his studio became central elements in his initial artistic career.
Robert Indiana's LOVE is an icon of Twentieth Century art history: instantly recognizable, the work stands proudly as a form of collective signifier, symbolizing positivity and goodwill at a universal level.
"My goal is that LOVE should cover the world." - Robert Indiana