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April 17, 1962 -  - Journals - Robert Indiana

Journal page for April 17, 1962

Robert Indiana kept a series of illustrated journals during the late 1950s and 1960s, in which he discusses the development of his work.

Indiana's journal page for April 17, 1962, includes a sketch of the sculpture Yes. Indiana records that he applied the title to the work, which he refers to as "another old construction," and makes note of the work's inscription (USA/1960) and signature (I), as well as its dimensions (59 ¾ x 12 ¾ x 4 inches). A note added at a later date indicates that Indiana traded the work with fellow artist Stephen Durkee for a painting on June 14, 1962.

Indiana's journals also provide insight into his daily life and interactions with other artists. Here he discusses attending a Richard Stankiewicz opening, noting that he saw him briefly and that Eleanor Ward (founder of Stable Gallery) did not introduce them, so Stankiewicz slipped away before Indiana had the chance to say anything. He also records making it back in time to see Ruth Kaufman about returning his paintings (from a show of works by Indiana and Robert Natkin that she curated), noting that she did not return the drawings.