The couples in the art world that we can’t stop looking at
What happens when incredibly artistic people team up with other incredibly artistic people? In some cases, it is magic. The artists below create some of the most evocative and unique works of today, and we can’t help but wonder how their equally talented partners helped spur them on. Historical comparisons with the artistic partnerships of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning of the mid-19th century, Dutch painters Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe in the early 20th century, or John Lennon and Yoko Ono of the 1960s come to mind. Either way, we dive into the relationships of some of the hippest couples in the art world and their recent collaborations.
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney
The couple got married in 2019 in Rhode Island, and they just welcomed their first child into the world. While most people recognize Jennifer Lawrence in their favorite Hollywood blockbusters, Cooke Maroney is also flying high in the art world. As director of the Gladstone 64 Gallery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he worked with the artist father of Lena Dunham, Carroll Dunham, Anish Kapoor and Richard Prince.
Nicole Eisenman and Sarah Nicole Prickett
Nicole Eisenman is a Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor, winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Award from The Contemporary Austin. Sarah Nicole Prickett, essayist and art critic, told New Yorker that she was first drawn to Eisenman’s apparent appearance Ted lasso style: “She was dressed like a soccer coach.” Sneakers, a windbreaker, maybe even fleece pants. The couple moved in together at the start of COVID.
Caroline Polachek and Matt Copson
Singer and songwriter Caroline Polachek’s voice sounds like an ethereal tin can echoing through your eardrums. His latest album Tightening mixes indie with pop but is delivered as something very unique. His partner Matt Copson, a London-based artist, recently presented an immersive laser opera at the High Art Gallery in Paris and the couple collaborated to create Polachek’s latest music video for his 2021 single, “Bunny is a Rider.”
Ian Cheng and Rachel Rose
Ian Cheng is an artist known for his live simulations that encourage viewers to reflect on their ability to change. His work has been presented in the Museum of Modern Art, The Shed and the de Young, among other institutions. Artist Rachel Rose is known for her video installations which have been shown around the world. Husband and wife were expecting their first child when he started to design Life after BOB a few years ago an animated series that begs the question: Could AI live your life better than you?
Dianna Agron and Harold Ancart
Painter Harold Ancart and actress Dianna Agron reunited last summer and were seen beaming together all fall. Will this new relationship Joy star more than an art collector? We hope it starts with a large canvas from Ancart. We firmly believe that lovers should be able to skip even the most excruciating first-rate line and the check should say ‘gratis’.
Emily Bode and Aaron Aujla
Emily Adams Bode is the fashion designer behind Bode and Aaron Aujla is the co-founder of furniture company Green River Project. The couple are passionate about a common goal: to give new designs a sense of history. She incorporates quilting into the basics of work clothes, and he makes furniture inspired by past allusions. Their gorgeous Manhattan home, as featured in Architectural summary, is the real result of their collective style and their constant collaborations.
Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu
Like many couples, Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu met at a party. In 2006, Paper The magazine’s founder, Kim Hastreiter, had insisted that Olowu, a lawyer of Nigerian origin and trained in the United Kingdom, became a fashion designer. There he befriended Golden, now director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. The rest is a matter of power torque. “Thelma is a strong woman, and Duro likes it about her,” Hasteiter told the New York Times of their relationship. “They are not tied at the hip. They work like crazy, they are really passionate about what they do, they respect each other and love each other.
Antwaun Sargent and Miles Greenberg
Art critic and curator and director Gagosian Antwaun Sargent recently wrote his first book, The New Black Vanguard: photography between art and fashion. Maybe he compared notes on inspirations with his performance artist partner Miles Greenberg. The pair are a staple of the New York art scene, often photographed with other cool kids like photographer Tyler Mitchell and digital art agent JiaJia Fei.
Jenna Gribbon and Mackenzie Scott
The music video for “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head”, a new single from TORRES ‘2021 album more thirsty, is a journey through the daily love of band singer Mackenzie Scott and her artist partner Jenna Gribbon. A figurative painter centered on the female form, Gribbon’s muses are complex, far from perched on a pedestal and include Scott. A handful of Gribbon’s recent intimate paintings feature the singer, proving that their artistic inspirations certainly pay off.
Dev Hynes and Tessa Thompson
Actor Tessa Thompson and musician Dev Hynes have dated under the public radar together, and the couple’s low-key style goes hand in hand with their shy offscreen characters. We used to fondly remember when Tessa’s sister Zsela performed on Dev Hynes’ unplugged set with Cultivated at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, but now we wonder why we missed the all-star duo. Where was Tessa?
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