C&M Arts will present an exhibition of important early works by Robert Indiana, creator of the world-famous sculpture LOVE. Indiana was uniquely positioned at the crossroads of two major art movements. Associated with the emerging Coenties Slip group of the early sixties, Indiana was also seen as a founder of the nascent Pop Art movement of the same time.
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Indiana's contribution to Pop taste is discernible in his highly graphic, intensely colored letters, words and numbers. His early sculpture and painting are also associated with the stray urban detritus found in the streets and slips of the old New York seaport. American subjects of particular meaning to Indiana, these works are highly autobiographical, referencing friends and neighborhood, as well as his literary and artistic heroes.
More than fifteen works will comprise the exhibition, including the Herms, Indiana's hallmark sculpture based on classical prototypes. Major paintings such as The Melville Triptych and USA 666, and two of the original Herms, Bar and Ahab, will be shown. Widely exhibited in museums throughout the States and abroad, this is the first exhibition in a New York gallery of this critical early material in two decades.