The Name Game

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According to a delightful entry in the book I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette, one often-successful conversational gambit in artist-to-artist scenarios is gentle conversation about other artists, preferably ones safely not present.

On the internet, one can never be too safe. So, the criteria morphs to a more restrictive subset: those excellent artists in any medium, now deceased. Older may mean safer, but landmines persist: be careful out there, the road from A to Z can be trecherous. For a bit of added nuance, architects, type designers, etc. are also allowed if those playing the game are so inclined or wish to make an inclusive statement.

Apparently, it is customary to start with the first letter of the alphabet. As such, and without further delay:

A

Adams, Ansel

Albers, Josef

Alexander, Christopher

Ángel, Abraham

Audubon, John James

Arbus, Diane

Asawa, Ruth

B

Basquait, Jean-Michel

Beuys, Joseph

Boullée, Étienne-Louis

Brâncuși, Constantin

Bravo, Manuel Álvarez

Burnham, Daniel

C

Cage, John

Calder, Alexander

Capa, Robert

Cunningham, Imogen

D

da Vinci, Leonardo

Dalí, Salvador

Daguerre, Louis

Duchamp, Marcel

E

Eiffel, Gustave

Escher, M.C.

F

Fee, James

G

González-Torres, Félix

Goya, Francisco

H

Hiroshige, Utagawa

I

Ireland, David

J

Judd, Donald

K

Kahlo, Frida

Kahn, Louis

Kiitsu, Suzuki

Klein, William

Klein, Yves

L

Lissitzky, El

M

Martin, Agnes

Matisse, Henri

Michelangelo

Miró, Joan

Moore, Charles Lee

N

Nevelson, Louise

Noguchi, Isamu

O

Obata, Chiura

Oliveira, Nathan

P

Picasso, Pablo

Q

R

Rauschenberg, Robert

Ray, Man

Rivera, Diego

Rothko, Mark

S

Siqueiros, David Alfaro

Siskind, Aaron

Skiold, Birgit

Soleri, Paolo

T

Talbot, William Fox

Twombly, Cy

U

V

W

Warhol, Andy

Wilfred, Thomas

Wright, Frank Loyd

X

Y

Z

Zapf, Hermann

(Off the internet, on rare occasion, there is another overlay.)

Self-Taxonomy

Useful links into the Getty Research Institute Art and Architecture Thesaurus.

A allover patterns, appraising, ambiguity, antiquities (object genre), arabic numerals, archipelago, anti-art, architectural follies, archives (groupings), artifacts (digital), artifacts (scientific), artificial light, artificial ruins, artists’ books, artists’ collectives, astronomical charts

B brilliant orange, brush stroke,

C cancellation marks, cast shadows, chops, color-field, complexity, collages, complexity (too much), combines, conceptual art, crop marks, criticism, cultural artifacts, cyanotype

D dark archives, derelict buildings, diamond (mineral), diplomacy, distressed type, distressed silvering, drip painting, documentation (activity)

E energy consumption, enso, error, error (post script), error (clipping), error (compression artifact),  error (resolution), electrostatic, exposed frame construction,

F fake, fade, fibonacci numbers, fineness (thinness), flattery, flow, foliation (pattern), found objects, fraud, free form

G gauging plaster, generative art, geometric patterns, gilding (technique), glare, golden hour, golden ratio, guilloche

H hairline, haze, hybridity, hypotrochoid

I ieee-802.11, imperfection, ink washes, intaglio printing, inkjet, intensity (color property), image/text, institutional critique

J jadeite, journeys

K king tide

L laser prints, lapis lazuli (color range), layering, legal instruments, LEDs, light art, line copy, longest night, lost works

M marginalia (annotations), mass production, metallic (color attribute), mistake, maintenance art

N notan, nostalgia

O optical illusion, observatories, opacity,

performance on paper, philippines, photogravure, photographic techniques (alternatives), photocollage, piracies (forgeries), public art, production, production scars

Q

R ray, ripple, radiate, raster graphics, repetition, ruins

S screen printing, sculpture techniques, silent film, silver, swarm, software, social media, sunglint, sumi, sunlight through the day

T tarnish, tidal wave, time, typography, tesselation

U unfinished

V vector graphics, visualization

W

X xerography

Y

Z

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