Robert Indiana, born Robert Clark in 1928 in New Castle, Indiana, changed his last name to Indiana in homage to his birth state early on in his career. He moved to New York in 1954 and quickly began working in the Pop Art style that was prevalent at the time.
No artist has been more successful in fulfilling the ideology of Pop Art than Robert Indiana. While other Pop artists reproduced symbols of popular culture, Robert Indiana created an icon with his “Love” artworks. Executed in painting, sculpture, and print form, the “Love” image is so recognizable in American culture that its existence as a work of art is almost forgotten. The stacked, block-lettered format has been used on Christmas cards, stamps, jewelry, coffee mugs, album covers, ad campaigns, and as public art, such as the“Love” sculpture adorning Park Avenue.