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March 29, 2007 — April 28, 2007
76 Grand Street, New York

Deitch Projects presents an extraordinary collaborative project with Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo and Paul McCarthy. The four artists were invited by RS&A of London to collaborate on the creation of eight paintings and a set of etchings over a period of one year.

The project commenced in March 2006 when four large-scale canvasses, four small-scale canvasses and four etching plates were delivered to each artist’s studios – two in London, one in Los Angeles and one in New York. The artists then had one month to paint before their paintings and etching plate were collected and rotated to the next artist in a prearranged sequence. Each canvas and etching plate rotated in total four times. This allowed each participating artist to be both first, second, third and fourth in the sequential makeup of a single painting and etching plate.

The ideal of collaborative creativity is at the heart of the creative experience. In the 1920s the Surrealists played the game Exquisite Corpse in which a number of artists came together to create a single work of art. In the 1960s Fluxus artists George Maciunas and Ben Vautier collaborated on the production of Flux Cabinets, a single body containing multiple works of art while in the 1980s Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente and Jean Michel Basquiat joined forces to create ‘physical conversations in paint’, single canvasses on which all three artists painted together. More recently Los Angeles based artist Paul McCarthy has worked closely with fellow artists Mike Kelley and the late Jason Rhoades.

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