A major figure in the development of Pop art in the 1960s, Robert Indiana is best known for his iconic LOVE series of sculptures and prints, which rank among the most recognizable images in postwar art. Describing himself as an "American painter of signs," Indiana has developed a bold, graphic style inspired by road signs and billboards, reflecting his interest in Americana. Merging the aesthetics of commercial art with conceptual concerns, the artist probes American identity, culture, and heritage through a deceptively simple formal vocabulary.
Indiana's work is in the collections of numerous major museums and institutions, and versions of his outdoor LOVE sculptures can be seen in cities worldwide, including New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Montreal. His work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Portland Museum of Art (1999) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2013).