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April 29, 1962 -  - Journals - Robert Indiana

Journal page for April 29, 1962

Robert Indiana kept a series of illustrated journals during the late 1950s and 1960s, in which he discusses the development of his work as well as his daily life on Coenties Slip. 

In his journal page for April 29, 1962, Indiana relates that he spent most of the day doing things around the loft, and working on his "still uncompleted constructions from 1960." The page includes a sketch of Mate, to the left of which Indiana comments that what "[was] probably intended to be Martha [was] dubbed anew today in wh[ite] gesso and reduced [to] include 1962." Also illustrated are a stenciled M and a detail of the work's profile. The work's medium (wood, oil, iron and gesso) and its dimensions (40 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches) are documented below the sketch. Added at a later date, to the right of the sketch, is the work's provenance, the Lipmans (who acquired the work in 1962), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (which received the work from the Lipmans in 1966). Indiana also records that he finished the sculpture Bar

Indiana notes that he only left home to go out to dinner, and that he watched the television show "The Creative Thirties," which featured a "nice shot of Calder working on a mobile."