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Friday, December 3, 2010

Robert Indiana at Etra Fine Art Gallery, Booth 501 at Miami International Art Fair, January 13th - 17th, 2011

American artist Robert Indiana -nee Robert Clark- holds a special place in the heart of most well-educated native Hoosiers, as well as those who are "Hoosiers by choice" -to use the phrase that I and my out-of-state friends at IU used to describe ourselves- as a leading proponent of the American pop art movement.

http://www.artnet.com/artist/662616/robert-indiana.html http://indianapublicmedia.org/momentofindianahistory/robert-indiana/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Indiana http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22Robert+Indiana%22
http://arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=1&cmd=1&mode=1&tid=2034469&print=1

----- Etra Fine Art Gallery - 50 N.E. 40th St. - Miami Design District - Miami www.etrafineart.com
Booth 501 at Miami International Art Fair,
January 13th - 17th, 2011

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The Hartley Elegies consist of 10 large-scale prints created by Robert Indiana in admiration of American modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley. These pieces are often considered the most powerful and successful works he ever produced. Indiana views them as his most personal because they reflect not only his identity, but also that of his idol Marsden Hartley.


The imagery in Robert Indiana’s The Hartley Elegies is drawn straight from Hartley’s 1914-15 “German Officer” paintings. They encompass symbolism from Hartley’s paintings, as well as Indiana’s, into an anomalous hard-edged style. Critics and scholars agree that The Hartley Elegies are one of the most compelling and substantial works of art ever created by Robert Indiana.



In Liz K. Sheehan’s catalogue essay, “Robert Indiana: Painter of Signs” she writes, “the Elegies cement and celebrate the numerous connections between two men, their lives and artistic achievements, and honor one of Maine’s most celebrated artists. The full suite of ten serigraphs, reproduced together for the first time in this volume, is one of Indiana’s most complex projects. Robert Indiana’s signs point us toward a broader understanding of Marsden Hartley’s work and the inspiration it holds for contemporary artists, who continue to find relevance in its depths.”



Robert Clark adopted the name Indiana as a tribute to his home state. After receiving a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953 and a traveling fellowship to Europe, he moved to New York City. He became part of an artist community that included Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Youngerman, and began to experiment in geometric pop art styles.



Although he came to prominence during the 1960's, his concerns have always differed greatly from those of his contemporaries. Whereas the general pop movement took interest in the mass media and trappings of consumer culture, Indiana was drawn to Americana and national and cultural identity. Indiana now lives in Vinelhaven, Maine – the same town that Marsden Hartley once worked.

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