Robert B. Berkshire Paintings are here!


White Field Black Square by Bob Berkshire

Form + Function is now showcasing oil paintings produced by Indiana’s very own Robert Berkshire.


Robert B. Berkshire was born in 1932. An Indianapolis native, he attended Arsenal Technical High School and was a scholarship student at the John Herron Art Institute. He graduated in 1954 with a diploma in fine arts.


Berkshire painted with a verve that leapt from the canvas. In a 2002 article about an upcoming retrospective at the Indiana State Museum, he said “I’m interested in the space in a painting. As the images I’m working with in a painting become real to me, I like to be able to see what I’m doing by moving through the space that surrounds them. I don’t want to see just what’s facing me, but also what’s all around and behind it.”


He painted the way he lived: Large. He became one of Indianapolis’ best-known painters, while nurturing his students well and rigorously.


Berkshire made one of the first gifts to the capital campaign that moved Herron School of Art and Design from 16th and Pennsylvania streets to its new home on the IUPUI campus in 2005. The Robert B. Berkshire Gallery was named in his honor. (Bio via


His commitment to his students lives on: Herron School of Art and Design is the sole beneficiary of his estate. The sale of works from his estate will benefit Herron’s mission in accordance with his wishes.

B&B Italia factory on NOWNESS

Click here to head over to NOWNESS to check out the awesome photos of the B&B Italia factory designed
by Renzo Piano.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter


Tonight 12/05/2012 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art  in The Toby

7 pm | $5 Public | $3 Members | Free for DAS

Hope to see you there!

Let’s go to L.A.

Another reason to love Saarinen.

Eero Saarinen’s list of Aline Bernstein’s good qualities, ca 1954

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art



Win a Wishbone-chair from Carl Hansen & Son.

You can win a Wishbone-chair, CH24, from Carl Hansen & Son.

Every month from May – December 2011 they will distribute two chairs.

The winner can choose which Wishbone Chair they would love to have.

Delivery would be to form + function, your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer.

Just visit them here and send a postcard to enter.

Interview with Patricia Urquiola

Pioneers of American Industrial Design Stamps

They’re available today! Great reason to write more love letters.



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