Love & War~ May 3

Robert Indiana’s LOVE

The inspiration came from his childhood as a Christian Scientist, when the phrase “God is love” was prominent. Indiana inverted the idea to suggest that “Love is God.

The first LOVE painting was a small canvas in 1961 called 4-Star Love, which was the word “love” with four stars stacked above it and that was really the inspiration for stacking the letters.

The motif first appeared as a series of rubbings in 1964 on his personal Christmas cards.

[In 1965] MoMA asked him to design a Christmas card. Inspired by his recent painting, he chose the single word ‘love’, the letters of which he arranged on two lines to fit the card’s square format better. To create a more interesting design he angled the ‘o’. Indiana submitted several colour variations. The museum chose the one with red letters against a blue and green background.

It was inspired by a sign at a gas station. During the Depression, my father worked for Phillips 66, which had a huge sign up in the sky. I can still see that red and green sign against the blue Indiana sky. My first ”Love” was red, green and blue.

Few Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana’s LOVE…[it]has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps. Full of erotic, religious, autobiographical, and political underpinnings—especially when it was co-opted as an emblem of 1960s idealism—LOVE is both accessible and complex in meaning. In printed works, Indiana has rendered LOVE in a variety of colors, compositions, and techniques. He even translated it into Hebrew for a print and a sculpture at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/29~

What second generation Abstract Expressionist painter’s surfaces tended to be neither geometric nor gestural, and to be dominated by one color and one shape?

What artist created “Time Dust” (1992), measuring seven by thirty-five feet and considered at the time to be the largest and most complex fine art print ever made?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/20~

This 17th century painter was celebrated for his portraits of animals, making them the focus of the picture and profoundly influencing the way animals were depicted in European art.

In 1968, this artist sought an official release from her vows as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and dedicated the remainder of her life to her own pursuits as an artist.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/26/october-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/26/october-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/