Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to join with the City of New York Parks and Recreation in presenting LOVE WALL by Robert Indiana as part of "Art in the Parks: Celebrating 40 Years." This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of New York City's public art program by presenting 40 installations throughout all five boroughs.
Robert Indiana's twelve foot high Cor-ten steel LOVE sculpture was completed in 1970 and travelled first to Boston and then to New York in 1971. The sculpture was installed in Central Park at the location now known as the Doris Freedman Plaza, prior to be shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the artist's home state. Huge crowds turned out in New York to see the sculpture being erected and as seen in the documentation of the event, a great cheer rose as the tilted "O" was lowered into place. This exhibition was organized by City Parks and Recreation soon after the inception of its public art program, which has become a staple of New York City's art culture.
The artist's recent work LOVE WALL, a twelve foot high sculpture in Cor-ten steel, was initially conceived in 1968 in the form of a painting, and is a very appropriate work to be exhibited at Park Avenue and 57th Street. Only four years ago Park Avenue was the site chosen to display Indiana's Ten NUMBERS in painted aluminium, representing the stages of life. The LOVE WALL displayed prominently on 57th Street is a psychologically complex sculpture that reminds us of the Op-art influence in Indiana's work. As if viewed through a kaleidoscope, the multiplication and reorientation of the LOVE image creates a center of four radiating O's. "Turned upside down or backward, the letter forms become abstract signs forming closely packed surface patterns."
Beginning in the fall of 2008 LOVE WALL will travel to various cities in Europe and Asia.
For additional information or images please contact Tayo Ogunbiyi, [email protected].