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Installation view of six of Indiana's columns, all have two wheels attached to the bottoms sides, text, and gold tops

Eat (1962, cast 1991), on display in Robert Indiana: The Sweet Mystery, Procuratie Vecchie, Venice. Photo: Marco Cappelletti; Artwork: © Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Jim Dine isn't the only American to benefit from an exhibition in conjunction with this year's Venice Biennale. One of the others is alive: Alex Katz, presenting his recent works. Two are dead: Willem De Kooning (1904-1997) and Robert Indiana (1928-2018). Ever since Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) won the event's painting prize in 1964 – a historic first for an American – hardly a Biennale has gone by without an artist from the United States being honored. But four at once seems like a record.