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Contemporary Artist Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE | Gallery Art

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Artist Robert Indiana would have turned 90 today.


“HOPE” R/W/B, an Indiana painting at GALLERY ART.

September 13, 2018

“My goal is that LOVE should cover the world”. – Robert Indiana

Who was Robert Indiana?

American Artist Robert Indiana at his home-studio in Maine.

Robert Indiana was an American artist, greatly recognized for his hard-edge painting, bold colors, and popular imagery, which quickly made him a member of the Pop art culture. Specifically best known for his iconic LOVE & HOPE series, HARTLEY ELEGIES series, NUMBERS & LETTERS series, among many other creations reproduced in various formats and languages, ranging from large public and non-public sculptures, paintings, to postage stamps.

Early Years

Robert Clark at age 2-3 years.

Robert Indiana was born on September 13, 1928. He was adopted as an infant and grew up in and around Indianapolis in a financially unstable environment. When Indiana was nine, his parents divorced and his mother went to work as a waitress. His mother was a free spirited woman who frequently moved; by age seventeen, Indiana had lived in twenty-one different locations. “I’ve always been fascinated by numbers. Before I was seventeen years old, I had lived in twenty-one different houses. In my mind, each of those houses had a number.” – the artist said.

Early Interest in Art

Indiana’s early interest in art started after his first grade teacher spotted his natural gift and thrilled him when she asked him to keep a few of his drawings because she knew he would be a famous artist one day. Forty years later, Indiana visited this teacher who showed him the saved drawings; he then signed them again, but this time, as the famous artist she once told him he will be.

After graduating from high school, Indiana enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, intending to fund his college studies through the G.I. Bill. In 1949, with his service completed, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before earning his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1954.

In 1958, four years after Robert graduated, he changed his last name from Clark to Indiana, taking the “nom de brush” of his home state, acknowledging his roots in the American Midwest.


Robert Indiana in New York City in 1963.

Accomplishments and Signature Art Style

Indiana liked exploring the American experience using everyday objects, language, and commercially inspired graphic designs. As a contemporary artist, he combined these with traditional elements of fine art, in this way, enhancing the viewer’s daily experience and folding it into a history of art and American identity.

One indication of his success was the appearance of his immensely popular multi-colored “LOVE” on a United States postage stamp on Valentine’s Day of February 14, 1973.

The US Postal Service put Robert Indiana’s design on the very first “LOVE” stamp. Over 323 million of these stamps were printed.

Indiana quickly gained recognition as one of the most creative artists of his time. He was featured on influential New York shows such as New Forms – New Media at the Martha Jackson Gallery (1960), Art of Assemblage at the Museum of Modern Art (1961), and The New Realists at the Sidney Janis Gallery (1962). In 1961, the Museum of Modern Art acquired The American Dream, I (1961), the first in a series of paintings exploring the illusory American Dream, establishing Indiana as one of the most significant members of the new generation of Pop artists. His artwork has been also featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world.

His signature art style mainly consisted in creations and exhibitions that often displayed strong cultural statements about life and political issues.

Robert Indiana’s LOVE in Manhattan, NYC.

He liked expressing the essence of his beliefs on important topics meaningfully and simplistically. Among many other political related artwork, Indiana painted Jimmy Carter, the 39th US President (1977-1981) at the time of his presidency, showing support, as well as the distinguished piece titled “HOPE” in the style of his “LOVE”, as Barack Obama ran for US president in 2008. The ladder was created in honor of the candidate and his message of change. The lettering was widely marketed and earned more than a million dollars for Obama’s campaign. “I wanted to help him.” – Indiana said of the work.

Robert Indiana HOPE

Artist Robert Indiana poses at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, who in the 1960s created the pop icon LOVE, now has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.


On May 18, 2018, a company that had worked with Indiana for years filed a lawsuit against the artist’s caretaker/art dealer who handled all of his affairs. The next day, Indiana died at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, of respiratory failure at the age of 89. His will leaves most of his art and property to his nonprofit whose mission is to develop his home into a museum featuring his works. The two people Indiana named to manage his Star of Hope organization are his caretaker/art dealer and lawyer. The document did not contain a detailed list of assets that Mr. Indiana, who had no immediate family as survivors, left behind. However, the court filing fee for the will, which is based on the value of the estate, indicated it was worth about $60 million.

From living in twenty one different locations by age 17 to a successful international career in the art industry, Robert Indiana’s passion for painting mixed with his authentic positive outlook in life allowed him to create iconic pieces during his lifetime and to attained world-class recognition in the world of fine art.

Today, Indiana’s works are in the permanent collections of important museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the Museum Ludwig in Vienna, Austria, the Shanghai Art Museum in China, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

To see more of Indiana’s art, visit GALLERY ART, a premier fine art gallery, carries historic pieces of Pop Artist Robert Indiana. We work with collectors worldwide to ensure a balanced portfolio. Start your collection of Indiana’s works here.




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Sources:, Biography: “Robert Indiana”;, Biography: “Robert Indiana”;, Artist: “Robert Indiana”; Murray Carpenter (May 25, 2018), New York Times:“Robert Indiana, Artist at the Center of Legal Fight, Left a Estate Worth $28 Million”;, Artists: “Robert Indiana”; David Sharp, (Sept. 12, 2018), U.S. News: “Untangling Pop Artist Robert Indiana’s Estate May Take Years”.

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Remembering 9/11 | Gallery Art

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New York City Manhattan panorama view at night with office building skyscrapers skyline illuminated over Hudson River and two light beams in memory of 9/11.

Sept. 11, 2018

Today marks the 17th Anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, now also known as “Patriot Day” in the US.

Family and friends of those who died gathered near the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan, as they do every year, to pause, reflect and pay tribute to the nearly 3000 lives that were lost that day; to its survivors and selfless heroes.

Since then, new edifications have been made in and around the area where the Twin Towers once stood. World Trade Center (WTC) One, Three, Four and Seven are now open and occupied.

This past weekend, the new WTC Cortlandt St. Subway Station began running again. Thousands of new residents have moved to the location as well, helping with the rebirth and revival of the place.

World Trade Center One, Three, Four & Seven surrounding the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The hope is that people will take some comfort in being surrounded by new signs of strength at the site.

We can all pay tribute, in solidarity with the victim’s families and friends by observing moments of silence at any of the following times observed as part of the official 9/11 anniversary ceremony held at Ground Zero: 8:46 a.m.; 9:03 a.m; 9:37 a.m.; 9:59 a.m.; 10:03 a.m.; 10:28 a.m.; and/or by posting an appropriate picture or remembrance on social media or your company’s website in honor of the many innocent victims, survivors & heroes.

Let us also remember the relief efforts of artists such as Peter Max to help all those who suffered. As a New York resident, he was profoundly affected by the attacks. “I tried to do as much as I could to help the victims and raise money in support of them” – stated the artist.

At the time, Max proceeded to create a series of 9/11 art pieces. Proceeds from the sale were donated to the Survivor Relief Fund. Separately, the artist created portraits of the 356 firefighters who lost their lives during the rescue mission; an American flag individually wrapped the 356 paintings when presented to each firefighter’s family.













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Sources: Peter Max, Victor Zurbel, Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Universe of Peter Max”.

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Prodigy Female Artist Alexandra Nechita & Her Life Now | Gallery Art

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“Prince of Meudon”, a Nechita painting at GALLERY ART.

Updated August 31, 2018

“Painting represents for me a way of communicating my inner feelings” – Alexandra Nechita

Who is Alexandra Nechita?

Nechita at her LA STUDIO. Photo by

Alexandra Nechita is a contemporary artist, an internationally established American-Romanian painter who from a young age became known for her Neo-Cubist art style. Later on, she started incorporating other styles besides Cubism, such as Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, creating a style of her very own.

About her early years

Nechita was born on August 27, 1985, in Vaslui, Romania. At eighteen months Nechita and her family moved to the US, where she developed her skills in ink, oils, and watercolors. As a prodigious talent she was strongly influenced by the works of the famous cubist Pablo Picasso. At the age of 2, she already showed her strong artistic interests. She would constantly draw and filled up the coloring books her parents gave her. This started concerning them because she was not going outside enough to play with other children, so they stopped buying her coloring books. In spite of this, Nechita continued to find ways to draw, now on her own, on blank white paper.

Prodigy Alexandra Nechita.

There was one person in particular who advised Alexandra’s parents to let her pursue formal training and urged them to let her develop naturally and innocently; this person was her drawing teacher at the Art Center she was enrolled in while in third grade.

Nechita’s Art style

While painting Nechita focuses in color, space, and in displaying strong political messages, usually calling for universal peace and freedom. “Through painting I have a voice and I can make a change” – the artist has said.


From a young age Nechita attracted strong media attention. She has appeared in countless programs such as CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rose O’Donnell Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the David Letterman Show. Nechita was introduced to collectors globally in the 90s, at the age of 9.

Nechita’s Accomplishments

“39th Annual Grammy Awards”, a Nechita poster used in 1997.

Nechita was offered her first solo exhibit at a local public library when she was 8 years old. After this, prestigious galleries in Los Angeles, California began inviting her to exhibit her work, which soon spread across the states. At the age of 11, Alexandra was selected as the official artist for the 39thAnnual Grammy Awards, Polaroid’s 50th Anniversary, and the Andre Agassi Foundation. She also became the youngest artist to sign with International Art Publishers. In 2008, Nechita graduated from UCLA, with a degree in Fine Arts.


Nechita currently works and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and three dogs; and she continues to be recognized as an accomplished international artist.


GALLERY ART, a premier fine art gallery, carries many of Alexandra Nechita’s artworks. We work with collectors worldwide to ensure a balanced portfolio. Start your collection of Nechita’s works here.







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Sources:, Bio: “Alexandra Nechita”;, Artist: “Alexandra Nechita”;, Artist: “Alexandra Nechita”.

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The Horton Boys Art Exhibit | Gallery Art

The Horton Boys Art Debut Exhibit at GALLERY ART.  Photos by Chai Lifeline Southeast, Chai Lifeline, The Horton Family & GallArt.

August 27, 2018

Ken Hendel and the staff at Gallery Art wanted to congratulate Ariel and Jacob Horton for their successful Debut Art Exhibit on Aug. 26th, 2018. We had an incredible time preparing and showcasing all of your artworks! We are all very proud of you! Here are some memorable photos from the event.

Thank you for coming to support these passionate artists and Chai Lifeline Southeast!

For more information on the Horton Boys Art and cause, call Gallery Art at 305.932.6166 or email; or Chai Lifeline 305.956.9990 or visit

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Young Artists Ariel and Jacob Horton Debut Exhibit to Benefit Chai Lifeline Southeast | Gallery Art

August 20, 2018

Meet Jacob and Ariel Horton, two brothers from Boca Raton who have a unique talent for drawing and live with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Horton Boys Art will debut their artwork at GALLART in Aventura, FL to benefit Chai Lifeline Southeast on August 26. All are invited! 12-3PM. RSVP at To learn more about Chai Lifeline and this very special event, please visit

Jacob and Ariel Horton will debut their artwork at Gallery Art in Aventura on August 26.



Artwork by Ariel

Artwork by Jacob

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New Yorker Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Joins the 100 Million Club | Gallery Art

Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theater With Footprints of Movie Stars“Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars”, a Basquiat painting at GALLERY ART. 

August 13, 2018

“I am not a black artist, I am an artist.. Believe it or not, I can actually draw” – Jean-Michel Basquiat                        

Who was Jean-Michel Basquiat? 

Jean-Michel Basquiat next to his piece “Flexible”

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American Painter from Brooklyn, New York, born on Dec. 22, 1960. He was a graffiti artist who successfully and quickly made it to the international art gallery circuit, bringing the African-American and Latino experience into the elite world.

How Much is a Basquiat Painting Worth?

During his lifetime, art lovers had no problem in paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat piece. However, close to two decades after his death, in May 2017, Basquiat officially joined the $100 plus million club when one of his skull paintings became the sixth most expensive work ever sold in auction for the price of $110.5 million.  A Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, revealed to be the buyer through his Instagram account; “I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece,” he posted. “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.” – billionaire Yuzaku Maezawa.

Collector Yusaku Maezawa with his record-setting purchase: Basquiat’s Untitled (1982). Photo by @yusaku2020.

Only 10 other works have broken the $100 million mark. This places Basquiat “in the same league as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso”, according to art dealers, experts in Basquiat.


Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self-taught painter and a high school dropout. Before his career took off, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets. However, his popularity increased unusually fast in his early twenties.

The Luxury Trends Magazine Portada featuring Warhol & Basquiat.

In the mid 1980s, at about 20 years old, Basquiat was already collaborating with famed pop artist Andy Warhol on a show of their work that featured a series of corporate logos and cartoon characters. Basquiat’s paintings came to be adored by many art lovers from around the world rapidly, specifically because of the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures and animals seen in his art style. Basquiat’s overnight celebrity status also helped him become the youngest artist to ever showcase his paintings at the contemporary art exhibition hall Kestnergesellschaft or Kestner Society in Hanover, Germany – one of the largest and internationally best known German art associations.


Basquiat died of a drug overdose on August 12, 1988, in New York City, at the age of 27. After his death, Basquiat and his works continue to be in the spotlight. His 1982 skull painting, “Untitled”, set the sale record for him, making this art piece the highest price for an artwork by an American artist and masterpiece created after 1980. It was also the highest price for a painting by a black artist.

Please visit or our 8,000 Sq. Ft. showroom located in Aventura, Florida to see Basquiat’s incredible works up close and personal. (All artwork listed on is available for a LIVE viewing).

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Sources:, Biography: “Jean-Michel Basquiat”;, Artist: “Jean-Michel Basquiat”; Robin, P. and Scott, R., (May 18, 2017), “A Basquiat Sells for ‘Mind Blowing’ 110.5 Million at Auction”, The New York Times;, Artists: “Jean-Michel Basquiat.”

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