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Reading Unit 7
Reading Comprehension

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India, in 1954 and moved to England in 1972. He studied at two outstanding, famous art schools in London, before starting out as a sculptor. Kapoor soon became well known because of his particular style, which, in his early works, involved the clever use of monochrome and brightly – colored pigments surrounding the sculpture. Although he is mainly resident in London, he often visits India, and Western and Eastern styles influence his work. It is said that his use of color is strongly influenced by the heaps of colored spices and powders found in Indian markets. Kapoor’s later works are often very large.In fact, his 110 – ton Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is amongst the largest in the world. This sculpture is forged from a series of highly – polished stainless steel “plate” that create an arched, highly – reflective work with Chicago’s skyline and Millennium Park in the background. Nowadays, Kapoor works on subway design in Italy and his work is becoming a mixture of art and architecture.

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley was born in 1950 in Hampstead, England, and, like Kapoor, is famous for his very large sculptures. He studied at Cambridge from 1968 to 1971 before travelling to India and Sri Lanka to study Buddhism until 1974. On his return he studied in a number of colleges in London. His work mainly focuses on the human body and he uses his own body creatively to form metal casts for his sculptures. One of his best-known sculptures is “The Angel of the North”, an enormous metal figure, huge, fully – extended wings.Another striking sculpture is “Asian Field”, installed in Sydney in 2006. It has 180,000 small brown clay figurines crafted by 350 Chinese villagers in five days from 100 tons of red clay. The installation is reminiscent of the terracotta warriors of Xian, China.

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono, who once said “everybody’s an artist”, was born in 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She has mainly been active as a sculptor, artist and film maker since 1961. Moreover, she uses all these genres in her work, often mixing art with poetry and music. However, she is probably most famous for her marriage to John Lennon, of the Beatles. In 1954, at the end of World War Two, she had to hide with her family when Tokyo was fire–bombed. Although she came from a rich, aristocratic family, she had to pawn her mother’s property to obtain rice when Japan surrendered and everyone suffered from poverty. She moved with her family to New York when she was 18. She went to college but dropped out after two years. Her artistic work has frequently been criticized.Indeed, Brian Sewell, a traditional art critic, said, “she’s shaped nothing, she’s contributed nothing, she’s simply been a reflection of the times…” There is certainly disagreement with Sewell’s view nowadays. In 2001, her show YES YOKO ONO received an international award.
Write the name of the artists to answer the following questions

AK = Anish Kapoor; AG = Anotony Gormley; YO = Yoko Ono

1
Who still lives in his / her country of birth? 
2
Who did not complete his / her education? 
3
Who lived through a major conflict? 
4
Who is influenced strongly by his / her country of birth? 
5
Who has received criticism of his / her talent? 
6
Who uses himself / herself as a model? 
7
Who is currently combining two artistic disciplines? 
New words :
Monochrome:
/ˈmɑːnəkroʊm/
(adj.)
Màu đơn sắc
Kapoor soon became well known because of his particular style, which, in his early works, involved the clever use of monochrome and brightly – colored pigments surrounding the sculpture.
Picasso's anti-war masterpiece, protesting the bombing of a Basque town in the Spanish civil war, is a monochrome epic of blacks, whites and shades of grey.
Striking:
/ˈstraɪkɪŋ/
(adj.)
Nổi bật, ấn tượng
Another striking sculpture is “Asian Field”, installed in Sydney in 2006.
In striking contrast to their brothers, the girls were both intelligent and charming.
Figurine:
/ˌfɪɡjəˈriːn/
(n.)
Bức tượng nhỏ
It has 180,000 small brown clay figurines crafted by 350 Chinese villagers in five days from 100 tons of red clay.
Our finely crafted turtle figurines will make a great addition to your collectible turtles.
Pawn:
/pɔːn/
(v.)
Cầm cố
Although she came from a rich, aristocratic family, she had to pawn her mother’s property to obtain rice when Japan surrendered and everyone suffered from poverty.
Of all items pawned, jewelry is the most common.
To be forged from smt:
/fɔːrdʒ/
Được rèn từ cái gì đó
This sculpture is forged from a series of highly – polished stainless steel “plate” that create an arched, highly – reflective work with Chicago’s skyline and Millennium Park in the background.
Virtually all of our swords are battle ready and are forged from high carbon steel, as well as tempered to make them both strong and flexible, just like any good sword should be.
To be reminiscent of smb:
/ˌremɪˈnɪsnt/
Gợi lại, làm gợi nhớ đến ai đó
The installation is reminiscent of the terracotta warriors of Xian, China.
The way he laughed was strongly reminiscent of his father.
Practice:

Drag and drop the correct word in the box to complete the following sentences.

Translation

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India, in 1954 and moved to England in 1972. He studied at two outstanding, famous art schools in London, before starting out as a sculptor. Kapoor soon became well known because of his particular style, which, in his early works, involved the clever use of monochrome and brightly – colored pigments surrounding the sculpture. Although he is mainly resident in London, he often visits India, and Western and Eastern styles influence his work. It is said that his use of color is strongly influenced by the heaps of colored spices and powders found in Indian markets. Kapoor’s later works are often very large.In fact, his 110 – ton Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is amongst the largest in the world. This sculpture is forged from a series of highly – polished stainless steel “plate” that create an arched, highly – reflective work with Chicago’s skyline and Millennium park in the background. Nowadays, Kapoor works on subway design in Italy and his work is becoming a mixture of art and architecture.

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley was born in 1950 in Hampstead, England, and, like Kapoor, is famous for his very large sculptures. He studied at Cambridge from 1968 to 1971 before travelling to India and Sri Lanka to study Buddhism until 1974. On his return he studied in a number of colleges in London. His work mainly focuses on the human body and he uses his own body creatively to form metal casts for his sculptures. One of his best-known sculptures is “The Angel of the North”, an enormous metal figure, huge, fully – extended wings. Another striking sculpture is “Asian Field”, installed in Sydney in 2006. It has 180,000 small brown clay figurines crafted by 350 Chinese villagers in five days from 100 tons of red clay. The installation is reminiscent of the terracotta warriors of Xian, China.

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono, who once said “everybody’s an artist”, was born in 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She has mainly been active as a sculptor, artist and film maker since 1961. Moreover, she uses all these genres in her work, often mixing art with poetry and music. However, she is probably most famous for her marriage to John Lennon, of the Beatles. In 1954, at the end of World War Two, she had to hide with her family when Tokyo was fire–bombed. Although she came from a rich, aristocratic family, she had to pawn her mother’s property to obtain rice when Japan surrendered and everyone suffered from poverty. She moved with her family to New York when she was 18. She went to college but dropped out after two years. Her artistic work has frequently been criticized.Indeed, Brian Sewell, a traditional art critic, said, “she’s shaped nothing, she’s contributed nothing, she’s simply been a reflection of the times …”. There is certainly disagreement with Sewell’s view nowadays. In 2001, her show YES YOKO ONO received an international award.
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