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A painting is what you make of it, besides which, 'Moon, Weeping' has a better ring to it than 'Paintbrush, Dripping.' (Robert Brault)

I like to keep my titles simple. A title generally ends up on the back of the painting or in a catalogue... One way or another, I honor my painting with a name. Never 'Untitled.' (Harley Brown)

-Naked Lunch introduction (1959)
The title means exactly what the words say: NAKED Lunch - a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork. (William S. Burroughs)

Art with titles such as She Lay Dreaming on Sands of Martian Warmth or The Transcendental Lives of Kumquats really seem to sell paintings. Maybe to people with no imaginations of their own. (Gail Caduff-Nash)

He Who Understands Has Wings. (Kathleen Carrillo)

Titles have never given a just idea of things; were it otherwise, the work would be superfluous. (Gustave Courbet)

I usually jot words down while a painting is in the works. It often invites and causes a title to surface. Then the work is ready to go out there and speak. (Grace Cowling)

In New York in 1915 I bought at a hardware store a snow shovel on which I wrote in advance of the broken arm (title of a later artwork). (Marcel Duchamp)

Any picture that needs a caption is a weak picture. (Harvey Dunn)

It is best to allow free association so the viewer can make his own connections between the art and the title. (John Fitzsimmons)

Factual titling satisfies and is pure by its lack of bamboozlement. (Robert Genn)

An abstract title suggests another value to the subject, perhaps an artistic quality that sets the viewers' sensitivities into action. (Robert Genn)

Sentimental titles are the last bastion of scoundrels, and can add significant barf to an already barfy work. (Robert Genn)

Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself - less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive - less prose, more poetry. (Ernst Haas)

I do have trouble with titles. (Jim Harrison)

Words excite me enormously. Some of mine are metaphor, allusion and illusion, allegory, personification, inversion, and paradox. I find that sometimes - if I'm lucky - I can go on a roll with titles of as yet invisible paintings that bring the image clearly into my mind's eye. (Margot Hattingh)

It's good to have a title that's not just one word. If you're gonna title it, you might as well try and say something. (Damien Hirst)

I work hard every afternoon from 4:30 to 4:40, that being the limit of the light I represent, the title of my picture being Early Evening. (Winslow Homer)

Titles may be a good thing and an extension of the mystery. Practically speaking, it also helps when someone is referring to a painting that isn't present. When the gallery calls up and says, 'That painting sold, ya know the red one...' (out of 5 red paintings at the gallery). (Joseph Jahn)

-title of one of his paintings, 1965...
In the beginning was the image. (Asger Jorn)

I start from something considered dead and arrive at a world. And when I put a title on it, it becomes even more alive. (Joan Miro)

I very seldom give my work a title... leaving it up to the individual interpretation of the viewer. (Robert Lee Munoz)

I had the biggest block against titles, choosing to leave everything untitled, until many people asked for titles and told me it was a negative, when they considered art, to see Untitled. (Alex Nodopaka)

I sometimes change a title because I never liked the title I arrived at to begin with. (Sheila Psaledas)

A title is justified only when it is vague and even aims confusedly at the elliptical. My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor... (Odilon Redon)

Today, I'm very careful not to mention very specific locations when I write or give captions. (Galen Rowell)

We don't have to think up a title till we get the doggone book written. (Carl Sandburg)

Of all my verse, like not a single line; / But like my title, for it is not mine. / That title from a better man I stole; / Ah, how much better, had I stol'n the whole! (Robert Louis Stevenson)

As before, the pictures are to be without titles of any kind. I want no allusions to interfere with or assist the spectator. (Clyfford Still)

Sometimes the title could make or break an art piece. Art is utterance and titles are like punch lines. (Asterio Tecson)

I have found that the title of a painting, particularly a non-directional work, can make or break a sale or a ribbon. People want the work to have a meaning. (Robin Tondra)

Titles often roll around in my head like marbles in an empty jar, and from there a suitable image may surface... at times I've received more comments about the title than the work and I've decided that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Titles matter. (Lesley White)

If you label it this, then it can't be that. (Tom Wolfe)

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. (Virginia Woolf)


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