Love and Fame

Works by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol from Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection

SEP 24 > OCT 26, 2012

In 1964 Robert Indiana created his LOVE image for a Museum of Modern Art Christmas card. Four years later Andy Warhol famously said "In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” By the early 1970s the LOVE image was everywhere - as sculpture, jewelry, on a postage stamp and clothing. It is now considered the most plagiarized American work of art. Warhol’s quote was, and still is, often repeated, and anyone-who-was-anyone began flocking to him for a portrait by the late 1960s.

The fall 2012 exhibition Love and Fame: Works by Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol from Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection consists of ten large screenprints by Indiana from his 1971 Decade portfolio and 80 color Polaroid portraits (studies for paintings) and black and white photographs of famous people and friends by Andy Warhol. ISU was one of 180 university galleries or museums to receive more than 150 Warhol photographs from the Warhol Foundation’s Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The exhibition also includes two iconic Warhol screenprints, Flowers (1965) and Chairman Mao (1972).

While their work and personalities may seem very different - Indiana a recluse on an island fifteen miles off the coast of Maine since 1978 and Warhol always at a Manhattan party - their lives, influences and artistic styles have some striking similarities. Many of their images were influenced by childhood memories and interests. Philips 66, Highways 40 and 66, cold remedy 666, and EAT were on signs and billboards Indiana constantly saw during frequent automobile trips with his parents. As a child Warhol collected autographed glossies of celebrities. His parents gave him a brownie camera at an early age and his oldest brother Paul taught him how to develop film in the fruit cellar of their home. Another brother, John, and their cousin operated the Johnny Photo Shop in Pittsburgh.

Stylistically both artists were interested in flat surfaces, bright colors, and repetition. And while their work is grounded in Minimalism and Conceptualism, it is most often interpreted within the superficial Pop Art rhetoric. Warhol encouraged the latter with glib quotes such as, “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it.”

The exhibition will also include early photographs of Warhol and Indiana by William John Kennedy who recently rediscovered the negatives while archiving his work. Kennedy befriended Indiana in the early 1960s; Indiana then introduced him to Warhol. The photographs include candid and posed shots of them at a Museum of Modern Art opening and in their studios.

Love and Fame will be on display at ISU’s University Art Gallery in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts (corner of North 7th and Chestnut) September 24 through October 26. The exhibition and its accompanying events are free and open to the public. An exhibition catalog will be available free of charge to visitors.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11 am to 4pm, Thursday 11 am to 7 pm and, for Art Day, Saturday October 13, 9 am to 5 pm. Tours of the exhibition will available on Art Day. For group or school tours at other times call Jason Saavedra at 812-237-3720.

Installation Views

All works shown in the image galleries below, plus more, were shown in the Love and Fame exhibition. Click on any image to view details and a larger size image.

Robert Indiana

Decade Portfolio

Andy Warhol

Prints and Polaroids

New Hire Reception: September 24, 4 to 6 pm


September 25 – "Robert Indiana: Decade 1960s" by Dr. Susan Elizabeth Ryan, author of Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech and Professor of Art History, Louisiana State University. 5:30pm at the Music Recital Hall.

October 11 – "Photography: Andy Warhol’s Social Disease" by Dr. William Ganis, author of Andy Warhol’s Serial Photography and Associate Professor of Art History at Wells College, Aurora, NY. 5:30pm at the Music Recital Hall.

Special Saturdays:
ISU Art Day - October 13 - Gallery open 8:30 am to 4 pm

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