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What's new: February 2023
The February update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including Robert Indiana, the artist behind the LOVE image; R&B singer Luther Vandross; art critic John Edwin Canaday; Al Swearingen, the violent brothel owner from Deadwood, South Dakota; and Gladys Heldman, tennis player, founder of World Tennis magazine, and organizer of the Virginia Slims Circuit women’s tennis tour.
Robert Indiana (1928–2018) was a painter and sculptor at the forefront of American Pop Art. He created LOVE, which remains one of the most recognizable images American art has ever produced. Indiana’s word-image style has exerted a lasting influence on global visual culture.