LISTS: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Collections of the Smithsonian Museum
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At times introspective, humorous, and resolute, but always revealing and engaging, many of the lists are historically important, throwing light on a moment, movement, or event; others are private - an intimate view of an artist's personal life: Pablo Picasso itemized his recommendations for the Armory Show in 1912; sculptor Alexander Calder's address book reveals the whos who of the Parisian avant-garde in the early twentieth century, and so on.
Lists include rarely seen specimens by Vito Acconci, Leo Castelli, Joseph Cornell, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, H. L. Mencken, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Andrew Wyeth.
Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press ISBN-13: 978-1568988887 7.1 x 0.8 x 10
"Curator Liza Kirwin has gathered from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art dozens of examples of unremarkable lists made by remarkable men and women. The lists themselves demonstrate clearly that geniuses truly are just like you and me..."–my3books
"Its a book that turns the trivial into treasure. "–Rosecrans Baldwin, The Morning News
"With often funny and poignant illustrations or fanciful scrawl, the lists shed some light on the artistic process."–Eva Medoff, CITYist
"If you're a list-maker yourself, I suggest adding reading this book to your must-read list."–Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com
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