Legends Obsessed With Making Lists
Artist Adolf Konrad's packing list. (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 17:15 GMTWASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) The greatest artists of all time kept their lives organized by making to-do lists.
Now through September, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C., is exhibiting Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, And Other Artists Enumerations, a display of lists made by legends like Picasso.
Curator Liza Kirwin says anyone whos ever gotten satisfaction from checking off a to-do list can relate to the exhibit.
The lists give a glimpse into the personal lives of artists and document exactly what they were obsessing over at the time.
For instance, a grocery list found in painter Franz Klines pocket when he died proves that even the macho artist had chores.
Other memos include Gordon Newtons $100 expense report for rent, food, and bad habits, and Adolf Conrads illustrated packing list of everything he needed to travel.
Kirwin dubs painter Oscar Bluemner the most compulsive list-maker because he made lists of lists.