Modern and Contemporary Artist Names: Pronunciation Guide
In accompaniment to our ongoing commissioning work on modern and contemporary art, the editors have assembled this pronunciation guide for the names of a selection of modern and contemporary artists.
Click the “play” buttons below to hear scholars pronounce each artist’s name. Open the link in the name above to reach the Grove Art article on the given artist. Please note that sometimes the embedded SoundCloud player clips the beginning of the file; if you encounter this error, click to repeat the file, and it should play in full.
We recorded these pronunciations at the Oxford University Press booth at the College Art Association annual meeting and at a dedicated recording session with our friends at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Our thanks to the talented scholars who created these recordings with us: Alexandra Matas, Andrew Connors, Ann Dell'Aria, Antonio Biagi, Arantza Orengo Green, Cara Jordan, Elena Bermudez de Castro, Francesca Serraino, Jiachen Lu, Julia Paeslack, Kathy Battista, Maria Eduarda Nonato, Marilyn Kushner, Michel Otayek, Michele Greet, Raymond Zhao, and Zoltan Biedermann. We are grateful for your time, expertise, and patience with our provisional recording methods.
Image: Cai Guo-Qiang: Cry Dragon/Cry Wolf installation at the Hugo Boss 1996 exhibition, Guggenheim Museum Soho, October 9, 1996 – January 5, 1997; photo by Ellen Labenski, © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York