McNay Chief Curator Contributes to Catalogue for Major Robert Indiana Exhibition
San Antonio, TX- McNay Chief Curator, René Paul Barilleaux, is a contributor to the exhibition catalogue for Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE, a survey exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, opening at the McNay on February 5, 2014. Recently published by Yale University Press, Beyond LOVE, features artist Robert Indiana's body of work from 1955 - 2007.
Robert Indiana (born in 1928 as Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana) is often associated with the Pop art movement, along with other artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The artist is widely known for his iconic LOVE sculptures and paintings, but nearly all of his work is characterized by bold, simple, and brightly colored numbers, letters, symbols, and short words. In Beyond LOVE, more than 80 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from public and private collections from around the world place Indiana's work into a broader perspective.
The critically acclaimed exhibition, which is currently on view at the Whitney, and will travel to the McNay in February, has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Art Newspaper, Vogue magazine, the BBC, and featured on Good Morning America.
"It will be a revelation even for viewers who think they know something about Mr. Indiana," writes Ken Johnson of the New York Times. "His paintings are gateways between the visual and the verbal, the private and the public, the physical and the metaphysical, and the conscious and the unconscious. Richly ambiguous, they unsettle fixed categories. And they are ravishing to behold."
The exhibition catalogue, now available at the McNay Art Museum Store, includes essays by Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney; Sasha Nicholas, an independent curator and art historian; and Barilleaux. Through vibrant images and thoughtful analysis from leading experts, the catalogue assesses the development of Indiana's career, as well as his relationship with other early twentieth-century artists, and his continued influence on contemporary artists today.
Barilleaux's essay, in particular, discusses the use of language, text, and typography in contemporary art and demonstrates Indiana's influence on artists including Mel Bochner, Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, and Christopher Wool.
"Robert Indiana's ground-breaking way of merging text and imagery paved the way for artists who take his approach into new and expanded directions," Barilleaux said. "This catalogue presented another opportunity to investigate my interest in the art of the 1960s, demonstrated, for example, in 2012 by the McNay's exhibition, Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune."
The McNay is pleased to have Barilleaux contribute to the exhibition catalogue, as well as be one of the important lending institutions to Beyond LOVE. Currently on loan to the Whitney are 12 costume designs from the opera, The Mother of Us All, which chronicles the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony; a painting featuring Marilyn Monroe titled, The Metamorphosis of Norma Jean Mortenson, 1967; and Decade: Autoportrait,1961.
Director of the McNay, William J. Chiego comments, "These works highlight a major theme of the exhibition: Indiana's work as a commentary on the social and political issues of the 1960s, as well as the concept of the American Dream. Each was given to the McNay by the late Robert L.B. Tobin, one of San Antonio's greatest arts patrons and a major patron and friend of Indiana."
The Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE catalogue is available for purchase at the Museum Store during regular museum hours. To request a complimentary press copy of the catalogue, contact Daniela Oliver at 210.805.1754.