They say two heads are better than one, and these amazing collaborations between well-known artists and from different genres prove that statement quite well. Have a look at this week’s Top Five installment!
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s film “Un Chien Andalou” (1929)
Painter Dalí and filmmaker Buñuel were still relatively unknown in their fields when they created the classic surrealist short film “Un Chien Andalou” back in 1928. The hodgepodge of images presented in the movie can only be described as odd and shocking, with one of its most iconic albeit grotesque scenes being that of a woman who had her eye sliced. Buñuel’s first film had been lauded by critics and eventually garnered cult film status. Dalí produced “Un Chien Andalou,” and both artists also made appearances in it.
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s series of paintings in the 1980s
In Victor Bockris’ “Warhol: The Biography,” artist and Warhol’s longtime assistant Ronny Cutrone was quoted as describing the two artist’s collaboration, thus:
“It was like some crazy-art world marriage and they were the odd couple. The relationship was symbiotic. Jean-Michel thought he needed Andy’s fame, and Andy thought he needed Jean-Michel’s new blood. Jean-Michel gave Andy a rebellious image again.” (via The Andy Warhol Museum)
High-profile artist Warhol and young painter and graffiti artist Basquiat, both New York-based, collaborated frequently between the early and mid-’80s. According to The Andy Warhol Museum, what usually happened was that Warhol would paint first, followed by Basquiat. Their “marriage” produced works such as “Ten Punching Bags” (1985-1986), seen in the photo above.
Jack Kerouac and William S. Borroughs’ novel “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks” (1945)
In 1944, prolific writers and later on key figures of the Beat Generation Kerouac and Borroughs became embroiled in a legal tussle after failing to report their friend Lucien Carr’s murder of his stalker David Kammerer allegedly in self-defense to the police. As a result, Kerouac and Borroughs were arrested as accessories to the crime when Carr turned himself in. This ordeal inspired the two to write “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks” the following year.
Aerosmith and Run DMC’s song “Walk This Way” (1986)
Aerosmith and Run DMC are among the top musicians in their respective genres. One of the finest collaborations of rock and hip-hop, this award-winning hit version of “Walk This Way” was actually a cover of an earlier hit of the same title by Aerosmith. The collaboration proved helpful to the respective careers of both artists and is also credited to have helped boost the popularity of the rap rock subgenre.
Pablo Picasso and Gjon Mili’s light painting photographs (1949)
In 1949, LIFE staff photographer Mili went to visit the painter Picasso at his home and studio in France. As the story goes, Picasso became so fascinated with Mili’s light painting technique that he allowed him to take pictures of him as he painted in the air in a number of occasions. One of the most famous of the bunch is the photo above in which Picasso made a light painting of a centaur.
Did we miss any of your favorites, fellow lomographers? This is by no means a definitive list, so hit us up with your favorite collaboration in the comments section below!
This list was inspired by Flavorwire’s The 10 Most Memorable Artist Collaborations list. Meanwhile, all information in this article were sourced from the book 101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider, Wikipedia (1, 2, 3), The Andy Warhol Museum, and Dangerous Minds. Cover photo via Open Culture.
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