No work of art should go untitled…“every child deserves a name….it is simply disrespectful to the picture, the viewer and, ultimately, to the gallery owner” (not to title works of art)….so stated artist Neo Rauch in an interview …the German painter continued to assert that…. "I have to ensure people linger in front of my pictures. Viewers must be rewarded—if people devote time to the picture then they must receive something in return"….
Neo Rauch’s enigmatic paintings, an intensely coloured mix of realism, surrealism, pop art and comic-book imagery, have brought him huge international success. In Germany his work still fuels debate on the pros and cons of figurative painting.
The Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden held a successful Rauch retrospective. Curated by art historian Werner Spies, the show covered the artist’s development over the past 20 years. Of particular interest was the presentation of Rauch’s first sculpture, titled Nachhut, 2011.
Do you agree with Rauch?…do you think titles are important, and are all your works titled or do you think it does not matter?