Farnsworth shows some community ‘LOVE’

Feb 04, 2014
Source: File photo Robert Indiana's polychrome "LOVE" was installed in 2009 in Rockland's Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park. An exhibition of his explorations of the theme will open on Valentine’s Day at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Rockland — On Saturday, Feb. 15, all are invited to join the Farnsworth Art Museum for the opening reception of “Celebrating LOVE,” an exhibition of Robert Indiana’s work that will be on display Valentine’s Day through March 16 at the downtown museum. The reception, which is free to all, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.

Billed as We Love our Community, the reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a Tunnel of Love, the Windjammer Chorus, prizes, a raffle and other surprises.

“The Farnsworth Art Museum is fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant and artistic community,” said Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell, “and this is the perfect opportunity to say thank you. It’s our way of giving a Valentine to the many friends and supporters that make the Midcoast such a wonderful place.”

“Celebrating LOVE” explores Indiana’s persistent and multi-faceted exploration of his “LOVE” imagery, among the most recognized images in the history of American art. It features the museum’s “LOVE” sculpture, along with his “Book of LOVE,” a portfolio of prints and poems.

The origins of Robert Indiana’s many versions of “LOVE” can be traced to personal as well as artistic sources. He was raised as a Christian Scientist and in the simple churches he went to during his childhood in Indiana, he took note of the single inscription found in all of them: “God is Love.” In 1961, he inserted the word in a painting, “4-Star Love,” running it across the bottom of the canvas. In 1964, he painted “Love is God,” rephrasing the words he encountered years earlier in church. Later that year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned Indiana to do one of its Christmas cards, and in 1965 he produced a red, green and blue design with the word “love” that established the model for what became one of the most iconic images in American art.

This event is free to all; reservations are appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, call membership at 596-6256 or email membership@farnsworthmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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