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Pablo Picasso List

December 7, 2010

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Pablo Picasso’s List, 1912
Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family paper and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, courtesy of Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Pablo Picasso’s List, 1912

Pablo Picasso’s list of European artists, written in graphite on paper for the 1913 Armory Show, is a treasure, not only because it provides Picasso’s recommendations for the first international exhibition of modern art in the United States, but for what the scrap of paper conveys about the collaborative efforts of the exhibition’s organizers. With phonetic spelling, Picasso recommends Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris, among others for the show.

This list most recently inspired the exhibition and companion book Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and an exhibition of the same title.

This object is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. This object is not on display.

For more info: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/searchimages/images/item_480.htm.