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Art Break: All You Need is Love (And Some Great Art)

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 11, 2017

This week, Art Break is thinking about what artists do to show love, so our choices feature artists who are passionate about creating and connecting with others. Robert Rauschenberg’s friendships, Leon Polk Smith’s joyous colorful forms, and a variety of subjects in the National Arts Club group show all demonstrate what love is for an artist. Of course, our favorite is the uptown break with Robert Indiana, an artist who puts love front and center in his work. So go out there and get yourself a little loving, all for free.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Alden Projects, 34 Orchard Street

When: Now through September 17, Wed – Sun: 12-6

Who: Robert Rauschenberg: Early Networks

What: Rare examples of exhibition posters created by the artist and his friends

Why: Another facet of the artist’s boundless creative energy

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th Street

When: Now through October 21, Mon – Fri:10-6

Who: Leon Polk Smith

What: Paintings from the 1960s and 70s

Why: Minimalist works that changed the direction of American art

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

When: Now through September 17, Mon – Fri: 10-5

Who: A Celebration of Printmaking: Prints from The NAC Permanent Collection

What: Prints from some of the great names of 20th century art

Why: A master class in techniques and design ideas

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Sotheby’s Auction House, 1334 York Avenue

When: Now through October 6, Mon – Sat: 11-5:30

Who: Robert Indiana: Works from the Collection of Herbert Lust

What: Thirty works from a master of abstraction and pop art

Why: These originals will impress with their color and design


Cover: Robert Indiana: ‘The American Love’ (1968); courtesy of Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery.


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