“Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees.”—Robert Indiana, whose first U.S. retrospective, Beyond LOVE, is on view at the Whitney through January 5.
“And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and had a good purpose and that is why I made art.”—Felix Gonzalez-Torres in an 1993 interview with Tim Rollins. Gonzalez-Torres was born today in 1957. His Untitled (Sand) (1993–1994) is currently on view in T. J. Wilcox: In the Air.
“I will never forget that experience. We would go over carrying 5,000 troops—young, American troops—and we would come back a hospital ship. Many of these cases were horrible. They were terrible to see, what can happen in war, especially what can happen to a person mentally, physically, psychologically. I don’t think I can verbalize that, because I would only cheapen the experience.”—Artist Jacob Lawrence, speaking about his War Series, which originated during his service on a World War II Navy transport ship. The series is on view in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe.