Author(s): Ellen Mara De Wachter
Twenty-five leading artist duos and collectives give insight into how and why to work collaboratively
Art history is traditionally presented as the individual's struggle for self-expression, yet over the past fifty years, the number of artists working collaboratively has grown exponentially. Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration explores this phenomenon through conversations with twenty-five leading art-world pairs and groups, who offer insight that is relevant beyond the art world, making this book vital for all who seek to work creatively and effectively with others.
Artists featured: Allora & Calzadilla, Assemble, Auguste Orts, ayr, Biggs & Collings, Broomberg & Chanarin, ChimPom, Claire Fontaine, DAS INSTITUT, DIS, Elmgreen & Dragset, Eva & Franco Mattes, GCC, Gelitin, Guerrilla Girls, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Jane and Louise Wilson, John Wood and Paul Harrison, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Los Carpinteros, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Raqs Media Collective, SUPERFLEX
"The notion that the best art can only come from a single artist working alone is something of a myth."—Linda Yablonsky, W Magazine
"Even if artists collectives are not actually proliferating more than before, they are certainly gaining in traction."—Nicholas Cullinan, Artforum
"Collaboration isn’t, for most artists, a recipe for making masterpieces but rather a way of breaking habits –and new ground."—Griselda Murray Brown, Financial Times
Ellen Mara De Wachter is an independent curator and writer based in London. She has worked at the British Museum and Barbican Art Gallery, London, among other art organisations; written for a wide range of art magazines including Frieze, Artforum.com and Flash Art, and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London.