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Art of Titling

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john wigley

on 4 February 2014

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Consider a historical context for titling art
Who is it for? Audience, self, legacy?
What is the function of a title i.e what's in a name?
La Tralison des Images
The Treachery of Images
I love exercise
I used to run to clear my head
I find endorphins meditating
A framing device
A tool for attracting or diverting attention
Something memorable
Something to refer to or to be referred by
Bob and Roberta Smith
"Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" 1863 Edouard Manet
"La Liberté guidant le peuple" 1830
Eugene Delacroix
Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, 1871 James McNeill Whistler
19th Century Narrative
Ford Madox Brown
'The Last of England'
work no 1092
Brian Chalkley
The Physical Impossibility of Death
1991 Damien Hirst
in the Mind of Someone Living
'Pope Innocent X' 1650 Velazquez
Portraiture - legacy
'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
1750, Thomas Gainsborough
'Dead Dad'1996 Ron Mueck
Measuring Niagara with a Teaspoon
1997 Cornelia Parker

Early One Morning 1962 Anthony Caro
Reflection (What Does Your Soul Look Like?)
1996 Peter Doig
'Bold as a wild strawberry, sweet as a naughty girl
oil and acrylic on canvas' 2009 Fiona Rae
'The Uncertainty of the Poet' 1913 Giorgio de Chirico

'The Elephant Celebes' 1921 London Max Ernst
'She Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea' 2012 Tracey Emin,
'Ghost' 1990 Rachel Whiteread
'The Unexpected Answer' 1933 Rene Magritte
'The intimate friend'
'L'ami intime'
'La résponse imprévue'
1958 Rene Magritte
'L'Incertitude du poète'
Rene Magritte
'Myra' 1995 Marcus Harvey
A description of what you see
The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo)
Leonardo gave no known title to the painting. The title Mona Lisa stems from the Giorgio Vasari biography of Leonardo, published 31 years after Leonardo's death. In it he identified the sitter as Lisa, the wife of wealthy Florentine businessman Francesco del Giocondo. "Mona" is a common Italian contraction of "madonna", meaning "my lady", so the title means "Lady Lisa".

The alternative title La Gioconda is the feminine form of Giocondo. In Italian giocondo means 'light-hearted' ('jocund' in English), so "gioconda" means "light hearted woman". Because of her smile, this version of the title plays on this double-meaning, as in the French "La Joconde".
'The Laocoon and his sons' Greek 160 to about 20 BC
A poetic 'shadow'
'Equivalent VIII' 1966 Carl Andre
'Marsyas' 2002 Anish Kapoor

The title refers to a satyr in Greek mythology, who was flayed alive by the god Apollo
'Everyone I have ever slept with' 1995 Tracey Emin
The Lombard Method
Eastside Projects
Grand Union
Fountain 1917 Marcel Duchamp
'The lunch with fur' 1936 Meret Oppenheim
Symphony in White no 2 1864 James McNeill Whistler
"I can’t thank you too much for the name ‘Nocturne’ as a title for my moonlights! You have no idea what an irritation it proves to the critics and consequent pleasure to me—besides it is really so charming and does so poetically say all that I want to say and no more than I wish!" Letter written to Frederick Leyland
Nocturne in Blue and Silver, The Lagoon, Venice 1880 James McNeill Whistler
Broadway Boogie Woogie 1943 Piet Mondrain
Artists use titles to illustrate, explicate, confound, frustrate – or justify a tax deduction. Even Untitled suggests a meaning.” Kelly Devine Thomas
“Titles are important. They are like clothes you wear when you step out of doors." Leo Steinberg
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter
God Knows Why
Zinc Sulfate
Beautiful Architect
Dark Days
Stubbed Out Love
An Unreasonable Fear of Death and Dying
Oleic Acid Ethyl Ester
Where Are We Going? Where Do We Come From? Is There A Reason?,
Mother and Child Divided
slim fit
lost dogs
silent crossing
faintly pink
shallow breath
the end,
das ende
sudden death
The blind leading the blind. 1947 Louise Bourgeois
Threshold to the Kingdom, 2000, Mark Wallinger
Blind leading the blind - Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1568
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