Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope


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With essays by John Wilmerding and Michael K. Komanecky

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Perhaps best known for his iconic paintings and sculptures of LOVE, also featured on a U.S. postage stamp, and HOPE, created in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Robert Indiana (b. 1928) has been living and working in Maine since 1978. The Star of Hope, his year-round home and studio on the island of Vinalhaven, is a former late 19th-century Odd Fellows lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope is both a retrospective of the artist’s work based on his own holdings, and an unprecedented study of his living and working space. His studio is a home, museum, archive, and gallery, all set within the historic interiors of the former Odd Fellows lodge. This book offers a unique examination of how Indiana’s work has unfolded since his move to Vinalhaven and includes works from his student days to storied sculptures such as EAT, prematurely removed from the 1964 New York World’s Fair and not exhibited since.

Distributed for the Farnsworth Art Museum

Exhibition Schedule:

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine (6/20/09 – 10/25/09)  

John Wilmerding is Christopher B. Sarofim '86 Professor of American Art, Emeritus, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Michael K. Komanecky is the Interim Director and Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine.


Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine (6/20/09 – 10/25/09)  

ISBN: 9780300154702
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Farnsworth Art Museum
128 pages, 9 1/2 x 10
4 b/w + 121 color illus.
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