‘The Metamorphosis of Norma Jean Mortenson,’ a vibrant 1967 painting inspired by Marilyn’s nude calendar pose for Tom Kelley, is featured in Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love, a retrospective for the pop artist at the McNay Museum of Modern Art in San Antonio, Texas until January 24, 2021. “He saw in Marilyn Monroe another tragic figure,” curator Lauren Thompson tells Sightlines magazine.
A companion painting, ‘Sunburst Marilyn,’ pays homage to other Hollywood sex symbols. (It’s not clear if this is also featured.) Born Robert Clark in 1928, he was adopted as a baby and, like Marilyn, was raised a Christian Scientist. His most famous work, the 1964 ‘LOVE’ statue, was a fixture in Manhattan for many years before disappearing in 2019.