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The Art of Friendship

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Martin Krause, Indianapolis Museum of Art's curator of prints, drawings and photographs, discusses "a great photograph ... of a great moment in American art history." Photojournalist William John Kennedy captured on film a young Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol together at the opening of the "Americans 1963" exhibit, at the Museum of Modern Art (in New York). Several of Indiana's works were on display, along with those of 14 other contemporary artists of the day (but none of Warhol's).

Hear Krause in this video clip explain why he believes the picture belongs at the IMA:


Robert Indiana and his friend Andy Warhol work the mid-'60s hipster look. - BRUCE DAVIDSON / VOGUE
  • Bruce Davidson / Vogue
  • Robert Indiana and his friend Andy Warhol work the mid-'60s hipster look.

A photo taken a year later, in 1964, finds the artists in very different circumstances. Robert Indiana, by then well-known for his Hard-Edge style, lounged next to his famous Pop Art pal, Andy Warhol. The two art icons posed in Warhol's studio, this time possessing more attitude -- and cats.

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