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His Art, Their Ideas: Did Robert Indiana Lose Control of His Work?

Graham Bowley: The New York Times

In the days before the artist Robert Indiana died last May at 89, two of his close associates were brainstorming just what sort of art might be sold under the Indiana brand during his last years.

Maybe people, they wondered, who had enjoyed Mr. Indiana’s iconic sculpture LOVE, with its jaunty, tilted O, would appreciate similar works also based on short words.

What about JOY, one of them proposed in a text message to the other. Or FUN USA? Why not BEER, or perhaps BREW, or even BOB.

There were markets to explore. …Read More

Pictured: One of the last pieces of art credited to Robert Indiana was a sculpture spelling out the word BRAT, a tribute to bratwurst, commissioned by the owners of Johnsonville Sausage.CreditCreditMary Louise Schumacher/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, via Associated Press

2019-01-22T06:46:03+00:00