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Using Names of Artists Tutorial

The Rule:

When referring to an artist for the first time, use his/her full name (first name + family name).

Example 1

The Rule:

When referring to an artist for the second time in the same paper or writing assignment, use only his/her family name. Never refer to an artist by first name only.

Example 2

The Rule:

When referring to an artist for the second time in the same paper or writing assignment, use only his/her family name. Never refer to an artist by first name only.

Example 3

The Fix:

To check your use of artists' names, use the following steps:

Step 1:

Draw a box around each artist's name.

Example 4

Step 2:

Decide if you are referring to a person or a piece of artwork.

Example 5

Step 3:

If referring to a person, write the first name + family name if it's the first time mentioned, or only the family name if it's not the first time.

Example 6

Step 4:

If referring to a piece of artwork, use the + family name OR family name OR family name + 's + title of artwork.

Example 7

Summary

Summary and examples

Fix

  • Draw a box around each name
  • Decide if you are referring to aperson or a piece of artwork.
  • If referring to a person:
    • Use first name + family name if it's the first time mentioned
    • Use only the family name if it's not the first time.
  • If referring to a piece of artwork, use the + family name or family name + 's + title or artwork.