Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration
Ellen Mara De Wachter


Art history is traditionally presented as the individual’s lone struggle for self-expression, yet over the past fifty years, the number of artists making work 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 a vital tool for all who seek to work creatively and effectively with other people.

Ellen Mara De Wachter is an independent curator and writer based in London. After working at the British Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery, she was curator at Zabludowicz Collection, London, until 2013. From 2013 to 2015 she was curator of public collection development at the Contemporary Art Society. She regularly writes articles and reviews for international art magazines, including Frieze, Artforum, and Flash Art.

Published by Phaidon.

245 × 172 mm 6 ¾ x 9 ⅝ inches 240 pp 200 b&w col illus.


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Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration features engaging and revealing interviews with high-profile and long-established collaborators as well as the latest generation of artists. Artists selected to represent a range of relationship types such as siblings, straight and gay partners, friends, professional groups, working across all artistic media – painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and installation. The introductory and closing essays consider the wider historic context and future challenges of collaboration. The book offers a timely subject as collaborative art becomes the focus of major exhibitions, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2016) in London and the Istanbul Biennial (2017).

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