Label Text: This print was commissioned to commemorate the South Bend Museum of Art’s move to a new location in downtown South Bend, Indiana. This bright, schematic map notes major highways, two colleges, the St. Joseph River, and the neighboring community of Mishawaka. The orange circle represents the city of South Bend.
Robert Indiana’s work combines hard-edge painting and Pop Art, often including text within his images. He was influenced by the bold graphic presence of letters and numbers encountered in daily life—from pinball machine titles to road signs. Called the “American painter of signs,” his colorful style is highly recognizable. His most widely distributed work is a version of the LOVE print, redesigned as a stamp for the U.S. Postal Service in 1973. Born Robert Clark, he later adopted the name of his home state.