Sep 26, 2013

By Scott Walker

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It was an image seen everywhere during the Sixties counterculture revolution: the word “love” with the letters in two rows, and the ‘O’ tilted to the right.

Artist Robert Indiana created the “love image” in 1966 that went viral before there was such a term. But the image also eclipsed all his other work.

And there was a sizable amount of other work. It is finally going to get its due thanks to the first retrospective on Indiana’s work that’s on display at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE opens today. It features 95 works completed over the past five decades.

The museum says Indiana’s work “far from being unabashedly optimistic and affirmative, addresses the most fundamental issues facing humanity — love, death, sin, and forgiveness.”

Indiana turned 85 this month. He calls the retrospective “a dream come true, a little late.”

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