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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Smithsonian exhibit at Morgan Museum

Let me see if I can find something about this on the internet:

HERE is a partial list of the kinds of lists included in “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations,” an exhibition beginning Friday at the Morgan Library & Museum: lists of bills to pay, things undone, failings in oneself and others; lists of people to call, stuff to buy, errands to be accomplished. There are also lots of lists of artworks, real and imaginary. That’s because all the material in the exhibition comes from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution — mostly, as the curator of the exhibition, Liza Kirwin, remarked the other day, from drawers and folders marked “Miscellaneous.”

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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Pages from the artist Janice Lowry's sketchbook journal, 2003.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Picasso's list of suggested painters for the 1913 Armory Show.
Ms. Kirwin got the idea for the exhibition, which is an expansion of a book she published in 2010, from a document that is one of the archive’s most important possessions: a handwritten list by Picasso suggesting painters for inclusion in the 1913 Armory Show. He recommended Gris, Duchamp (whose name he misspelled) and Delaunay, among others, but, curiously, left off Georges Braque, with whom he was then collaborating and sharing a studio. Braque’s name was added later and in a different hand.