Tandems and prices The Art Newspaper Russia – news of art

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The traditions of collective creativity are firmly rooted in the history of art, and the twentieth century knows many high-profile art duos: British performance classics Gilbert and George, masters of artistic “packaging” Christo and Jeanne-Claude, founders of social art Komar and Melamid and many others. Often these are married couples (co-authored by Ilya and Emilia Kabakova, Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina, “MishMash” – Misha Leikin and Masha Sumnina), but there are also exclusively creative tandems: Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubosarsky, Andreya in the band, Recycle Group Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov, “EliKuka” – Oleg Eliseev and Evgeny Kukoverov.

Both unions break up from time to time, and their members go free sailing. Then, as in the case of music groups, someone’s solo career sooner or later goes uphill, and someone may never achieve the success enjoyed by the team of authors. Marina Abramovich became a living classic of modern performance, collected all possible awards in the art world and was awarded prestigious museum retrospectives after parting ways with the artist Ulay, including as a co-author. However, the statistics of the art market (more precisely, auction sales) are ruthless: as a rule, the prices of works created in tandem are much higher – sometimes many times – the cost of works by the same authors who were created alone.

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