Wondrous Words Wednesday: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
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My words are names of people in the art world that I didn't know from By NIghtfall by Michael Cunningham (Octocber 2010). I am totally clueless when it comes to art. Yes, I know Rembrandt, Picasso, Constable, Manet, Monet, -- the oldies but goodies. It is the contempory artists I don't know and I felt very unsophisticated and dumb when reading By Nightfall.
Here is three of the many artists that Michael Cunningham threw at me.
Walker Evans -- An American photographer, (1903-1975) was best known for his photographs of American life between the world wars. Everyday objects and people - the urban and rural poor, abandoned buildings, storefronts, street signs, and the like - are encapsulated in his laconic images.
John Currin -- (1962 -- ) is an American painter. He is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes in a technically skillful manner. He often distorts or exaggerates the erotic forms of the female body.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres -- (1957-1996) was a Cuban artist who grew up in Puerto before moving to NYC. He was known for his quiet, minimal installations and sculptures. Using materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies, Felix Gonzalez-Torres's work is sometimes considered a reflection of his experience with AIDS.
Do you have new words you have encountered when reading? Has a author used many words. names, places, that you didn't know and turned you off because of that?