Praise for The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana
"Keyes' book reads like a mystery, with a cast of art dealers, lawyers, caregivers, and assistants, many of who were treated badly by Indiana, many of whom made a lot of money from their association with him. And his case of death ruled inconclusive by a medical examiner."
–PBS News Hour
"Engrossing....This hard-hitting exposé of the contemporary art world and one of its controversial figures deserves a wide audience."
"Keyes' book reads almost like a mystery novel; it's a gripping look at a unique and profoundly sad man. Even if you're not an art aficionado, you'll find it hard to put down."
–NPR, "Books We Love"
"There are enough characters involved to put a prestige HBO drama series to shame ... Keyes's book intrigues because of the mysteries at its core..."
"Bob Keyes' new page-turner, exploring what shaped and plagued the artist behind the famous LOVE statues, will captivate any art lover."
"A book that is both cautionary and tantalizing–forensic in its pursuit of detail, but not without innuendo and speculation in what it allows those details to suggest."
"Shrewd and riveting...a spellbinding cautionary tale about the tricky business of mixing art with commerce...Keyes approaches his first book with a scholar's attention to detail and a muckraker's doggedness."
"A highly readable and thoroughly researched piece of investigative journalism. Bob Keyes tackles it squarely and with genuine compassion."
–Maine Sunday Telegram
"Bob Keyes has constructed an aptly circular narrative to explore Robert Indiana's LOVE-less hoarding of hurt in a Maine-island fortress worthy of Stephen King or Jeffrey Epstein. Connecting the dots, from Indiana's classic Sixties stand for art over money, to his later-life King Baby rage at the money-mad art world he believed had gypped him, Keyes's fast-paced investigation reveals the ever-diminishing forms that Indiana's grandiose self-deceit took as he seduced ringkissers and faked four-letter remakes, cashing in on the kind of decamillion-dollar grift and plunder that made the artist's final days a signpost for the too-much-but-never-enough era that is still defrauding LOVE and HOPE."
, author of N. C. Wyeth: A Biography
"In this disturbing account of the murky final years of a famous, self-sabotaging artist, Bob Keyes teases out the competing motivations and frequent skullduggery of a jaw-dropping cast of opportunists, takers, frauds, and hangers-on. It reads like a spy novel; I was riveted."
, author of The One-in-a-Million Boy
"The Isolation Artist
is a scandalously good tale of intrigue set on a remote Maine island and featuring a rogue's gallery of art hucksters, small-town grifters, and self-dealing drug addicts. But the chief rogue in Bob Keyes's masterful investigation is Robert Indiana, a troubled genius who was often more trouble than he was worth and whose death has revealed webs of deceit that Keyes excels in unspinning."
, author of the Mike Bowditch series
"The Isolation Artist
is a richly-reported tale of artistic genius undone by extravagance, greed, and age. Bob Keyes has delivered a singular book, revealing all the players and palace intrigue surrounding the life–and controversial death–of American icon Robert Indiana. I've been a fan of Keyes' work for years, and this feels like a book he was born to write, cracking the hard exteriors of the New York City art world and a remote Maine island for the complicated truth within."
, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying