A Love-hate relationship

Robert Indiana, who created the iconic Love artwork (above) in the mid-1960s, was not happy with the resulting fame. The American artist, who died on May 19, fretted that the image - which was tapped by many others without licence - destroyed his car
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Robert Indiana, who created the iconic Love artwork (above) in the mid-1960s, was not happy with the resulting fame. The American artist, who died on May 19, fretted that the image - which was tapped by many others without licence - destroyed his career, recasting him from a standard-bearer of 1960s avant-garde into an avatar of kitsch. But fans can soon get a fuller picture of his craft, with Indiana's will dictating that his home and studio in Vinalhaven Island in Maine be turned into a museum and for his art collection to be showcased to the public.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'A Love-hate relationship'. Print Edition | Subscribe