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September 20, 2012

Andy Warhol/Robert Indiana exhibit opens Sept. 24

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TERRE HAUTE — The artists

• Born Robert Clark in New Castle, Robert Indiana lived in Indianapolis and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School. In 1953, he received a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1954 he attended the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. In 1956, he moved to New York, where he became a part of the Pop Art movement. He began to paint in a geometric, hardedge style, blending commercial art and existentialism. While in New York, Indiana worked with Andy Warhol, creating “Eat,” a 45-minute film of Indiana eating a mushroom in his SoHo loft. He has lived in Maine since 1978.

• Born in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol graduated in 1949 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a bachelor’s degree in pictorial design and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Throughout the 1950s, he became one of the most successful illustrators of his time. Much of his commercial work was based on photographs and other source images, a process he would use for the rest of his life. In the late 1950s he began to devote more energy to painting. He made his first pop paintings, based on comics and ads, in 1961, and then a series of Campbell’s soup cans in 1962. These created a sensation in the art world and launched Warhol as a celebrity. Except for a brief period in the mid-1960s, he would continue to paint until the end of his life. He also extended his talents into other fields such as film, publishing, writing, television, and music. By the time of his death in 1987, he was one of the most prolific and well-known artists the world had ever seen.

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