FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009, file photo, artist Robert Indiana poses at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018, at his home in Maine, Indiana's attorney said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Joel Page, File)

For Robert Indiana, 'LOVE' was a complicated relationship

May 22, 2018 - 9:57 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pop artist Robert Indiana was the man behind the 1960s "LOVE" series and the famous sculpture in Philadelphia.

But the curator of a museum that exhibited his life's works in 2013 says the artist who died Saturday at his home off the coast of Maine never found the type of lasting love that was celebrated by thousands through his iconic work.

Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, says he had a complicated relationship with the word "love."

Indiana's lawyer says he died from respiratory failure.

Friends had expressed concern for his well-being because the reclusive artist had not been heard from for some time. A lawsuit filed the day before his death suggested he was purposefully isolated by his caretakers.

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