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Robert Indiana at Rockefeller Center

Sep 13Oct 23Rockefeller CenterFree and open to the public

Rockefeller Center, in partnership with The Robert Indiana Legacy Initiative, will host an installation of works by American artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018), on view throughout the Rockefeller Center campus from September 13 through October 23, 2023.

Featuring monumental sculptures and a series of flags surrounding The Rink at Rockefeller Center, the exhibition highlights works created by Indiana throughout his distinguished career, including the long-awaited return of his iconic 12-foot-high LOVE sculpture to New York City.

LOVE will sit on Fifth Avenue at the head of the Channel Gardens. LOVE, with its unmistakable slanted ‘O’ within a square format, first appeared in 1964 in a series of frottage drawings in graphite and colored pencil. As Indiana explained in 1969,“The ‘LOVE Sculpture’ is the culmination of ten years of work based on the original premise that the word is an appropriated and usable element of art, just as Picasso and the Cubists made use of it at the beginning of the century.”

A second major feature of the Rockefeller Center installation will be Indiana’s monumental sculptures ONE Through ZERO (The Ten Numbers) (1980-2001), each eight feet high and made of Cor-ten steel, representing the cycle of human life from birth to death. The Ten Numbers will be located on Center Plaza.

The 193 flags surrounding The Rink at Rockefeller Center will feature images from Indiana’s Peace Paintings series, created as a response to the 9/11attacks


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