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Things I love: Scene painter Adolf Konrad’s graphic packing list (December, 1963)

Updated: Apr 6

American scene painter Adolf Konrad’s graphic packing list is a gorgeously illustrated inventory of the clothes and artists' materials that the then 40-something Konrad planned to take with him on his travels through Egypt and Rome. The watercolour and ink drawings - which are accompanied by a brazen image of the artist in only his vest and pants, ooh-er - appeared as part of a 2012 Smithsonian exhibition, Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and other Artists’ Enumerations, which featured lists from celebrated artists like Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner.


I've vowed to myself that if the world ever goes back to normal again I will make my own graphic packing list for our next holiday ... although after 12+ months living in lockdown and consuming more pizza than I've ever eaten in my entire life, I may opt out the obligatory self-portrait in my underwear ...


Graphic packing list by Adolf Conrad (1962) via Smithsonian Magazine

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