ROBERT INDIANA: RECENT PAINTINGS
25 Years after Leaving New York, the Pop Icon Returns
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY is pleased to announce Robert Indiana: Recent Paintings, the first New York exhibition of the artist's work in over a decade. The exhibition will be on view February 14-March 22, 2003. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm.
Indiana, who is 74 years old, describes himself as "a painter of signs". His statement is deceptively simple and cannily ambiguous. As Nathan Kernan notes in his catalogue essay, The Finale of an American Dream: Robert Indiana's New Paintings, "Robert Indiana's paintings are both signs and designs – that is, formalist abstractions – and also reconcile other seemingly opposite conditions or impulses: stasis and motion; revelation and concealment; memory and what is yet to come. As signs they encode references to Indiana's personal and our collective history, while as abstractions their appeal is to the senses, with contrasting and complementary colors that flicker and delight, and forms that satisfy the eye's hunger for balance and movement."
Indiana's new work is characterized by clear, bold design, saturated hues offset by black, and signifiers that represent the abstract and the commonplace – letters, numerals – yet have distinct associations and meanings for each viewer.
Among the works exhibited will be Ninth American Dream (2001), which continues a series that Indiana started in 1960-1961. (The first painting in the series was acquired by Alfred Barr for the Museum of Modern Art.) The self-referential painting reflects on his early New York years on Coenties Slip, later the Bowery, and his current home in Penobscott Bay.
A fully illustrated catalogue with essay by Nathan Kernan to accompany the exhibition. For further information or images, please view our website at www.paulkasmingallery.com or contact Clara Ha at 212.563.4474.