Immerse yourself in the scandalous final days of the artist from Vinalhaven
BAR PORT – When the lone millionaire artist Robert Indiana died in 2018 in Vinalhaven, he left behind rumors and scandals, as well as an estate mired in lawsuits and accusations of fraud. Join reporter Bob Keyes, author of “The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana” for a discussion with Carl Little hosted by the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm on Zoom.
“The Isolation Artist” offers a window into the life and death of a singular and contradictory American artist, whose work has touched millions of people across everything from postage stamps to political campaigns to museums.
At the time of Indiana’s death, there were allegations of fraudulent artwork and elder abuse. There were questions about his inconclusive autopsy and rumors that his final will was signed under duress.
To write this book, Keyes interviewed dozens of people in the Indiana sphere, reported on court hearings, and reviewed hundreds of pages of legal documents and testimony about the battles around his will, his succession and its art. Keyes takes readers into the world of art dealers and law firms and introduces them to an array of local characters from Vinalhaven whose lives intersected with Indiana.
Keyes worked as a journalist for four decades. He is a nationally recognized artistic writer and storyteller specializing in American visual arts and contemporary New England culture. Keyes worked for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram since 2002. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Rabkin Prize for Visual Arts Journalism.
Little is the author of over a dozen art books and has published articles and art reviews in numerous magazines. He regularly contributes to Maine Boats, Working Waterfront, New England Art and Hyperallergic.
Copies of “The Isolation Artist” are available through Sherman’s Books in any of their stores, online at shermans.com, or by calling (207) 288-3161.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register, complete the form on jesulibrary.org/events/keyes or email [emailÂ protected].