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Indiana’s Island

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Hoosier native Robert Indiana made a name for himself -- and for his home state -- in the 1960s and ’70s as a pioneer of assemblage art and language-based conceptualism. Established in (but disenchanted by) the Big Apple, Indiana moved in 1978 to Vinalhaven, a small island 12 miles off the coast of Maine. And there he remains contentedly surrounded by a private gallery of his works.

Robert Indiana speaks to Benjamin Genocchio in a house that is covered floor to ceiling by the artist's work. - ARTINFO
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  • Robert Indiana speaks to Benjamin Genocchio in a house that is covered floor to ceiling by the artist's work.

When the Indianapolis Museum of Art wows crowds with The Essential Robert Indiana Exhibit that opens next weekend, the 85-year-old artist will forego the fanfare, conversation and cocktails. Instead he plans to stay tucked away and likely ticked off by the blustery Northeastern weather at his home away from home.

For a fascinating look at the man and his art today, along with his home and gallery, check out this video by Blouin ARTINFO, in which the editor-at-large visits with Indiana.

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