New York

Robert Indiana

Denise René Gallery

The Denise René Gallery showed works by Robert Indiana in November and December, the first one-man show for this artist since 1966. A lot has changed in this city and the world since then, but not much has changed in Indiana’s art. I found this engaging, however, and more a question of consistency than of bald stubbornness. If Robert Indiana is a “Johnny One-Note,” he does get an almost oriental range out of his single string.

The show consisted of two series, Decade Autoportraits (1971)—ten paintings each spanning the years 1960–69 in the artist’s life—together with a huge linear, sequential version of LOVE (the “Louisiana Purchase Variation”) and six sculptures from this year.

The Decade Autoportraits suggest, needless to say, a certain dwelling on the ’60s as the good old days. In another light, however, they are a reworking and improvement upon ideas from the Pop art decade, a rethinking

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