Looking for love in all the wrong places?
Pop Artist Indiana created his "LOVE" graphic, with its inclined "O" and vivid colors, for a Christmas card commissioned by New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1965.
It became one of the most famous Pop Art images, an emblem of the 1960s.
Indiana (born Robert Clark in Indiana in 1928) has said, "I had no idea 'LOVE' would catch on the way it did. Oddly enough, I wasn't thinking at all about anticipating the Love generation and hippies. It was a spiritual concept. It isn't a sculpture of love any longer. It's become the very theme of love itself."
It's appeared not only in sculptures, prints, and paintings, but also in tapestries, rings, and even an 8-cent (!) postage stamp. You may have seen versions of the monumental sculpture in New York, New Orleans, Tokyo, Tbilisi, or about 30 other cities and in many languages, including Hebrew. Oy vey.
The Indiana work joins some 20 sculptures, including Claes Oldenburg's "Typewriter Eraser, Scale X"; Louise Bourgeois' "Spider", Alexander Calder's "Cheval Rouge (Red Horse)"; Joan Miró's Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Éclair (Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash); Roy Lichtenstein's "House I"; Ellsworth Kelly's "Stele II", Tony Smith's "Moondog" ...
For more info: The National Gallery of Art, www.nga.gov, and its Sculpture Garden, on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Free. 202-737-4215. The sculpture was given to the Gallery last year by Simon and Gillian Salama-Caro in memory of Ruth Klausner.