Few things in life are less efficient than a group of people trying to write a sentence. The advantage of this method is that you end up with something for which you will not be personally blamed. (Scott Adams)
Creativity takes a hit when people in a work group compete instead of collaborate. (Teresa Amabile)
My job is to make images and leave the decision-making and conclusion-drawing to other people. (Laurie Anderson)
Sometimes you're trapped in writing songs and you don't have enough distance from what you do anymore and you need the talent and the years of other people to come and jump in. (Keren Ann)
Commissions are a collaboration of sorts since they reflect the artist's taste as well as the client's. (Phyllis Behar)
The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive. Great Groups offer a new model in which the leader is an equal among Titans. In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure, and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause. (Warren G. Bennis)
A painting might commence as a figurative, transparent watercolor, but after the two of us have had our 'what-are-we-going-for?' conversation, a completely non-objective, mixed-media work might evolve. (Avie Biedinger)
hybrid, n. A pooled issue. (Ambrose Bierce)
I don't design. I don't paint. I absolutely never touch my works... (Maurizio Cattelan)
Like any corporation, I have the benefit of the brainpower of everyone who is working for me. It all ends up being my work, the corporate me, but everyone extends ideas and comes up with suggestions. (Chuck Close)
-of Dalziel & Scullion...
The most liberating thing is breaking away from that myth of the artist as 'special unique individual' - the solitary Kafka-like personality working away on their own and in suffering... it is far more enjoyable to discuss ideas with someone who has also invested in the work... (Matthew Dalziel)
Some face painters dislike all the questions that come with the job, but I love them. "Are you a real artist?" is my favorite... When they have chosen their design, I customize it to their specs. It's a joyful collaboration. (Alana Dill)
-husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames...
Whatever I can do, she can do better... She is equally responsible with me for everything that goes on here. (Charles Eames)
That's my mathematician who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity. You see, I am not myself a good mathematician. (Albert Einstein)
The reward of a successful collaboration is a thing that cannot be produced by either of the parties working alone. It is akin to the benefits of sex with a partner, as opposed to masturbation. The latter is fun, but you show me anyone who has gotten a baby from playing with him or herself, and I'll show you an ugly baby, with just a whole bunch of knuckles. (Harlan Ellison)
-"Art," Society and Solitude, 1870...
Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness... That's one of the great feelings - to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue. (Brian Eno)
Every collaboration helps you grow. (Brian Eno)
When, once, a budding artist could apprentice to a master and learn by doing – today it is a TV show where people get humiliated and fired in front of millions of viewers. (Susan Gallacher-Turner)
I like the idea of collaboration - it pushes you. It's a richer experience... (Frank Gehry)
A chance to collaborate with one of my favorite bands in a completely open and supportive creative environment... some our best work. (Dave Genn)
What you're always trying to achieve in a creative relationship is one that is egoless... ideas belong to the collective. If you can disassociate your own ego from your idea, then, almost always, everybody will arrive at the same decision as to what is best. (Dave Genn)
-on Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed...
Collaborating in art and life, Laurie and Lou focused on play, performance, creation, downtime, unfettered creativity and mutual critiquing... As partners, they built their higher selves. (Sara Genn)
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. (Andre Gide)
Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results. (Alexander Gorlizki)
You can't change the bricks, and together, you still have to build a wall. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)
In the evening by lamp or candlelight each showed the other his sketches. This was a time for criticism, encouragement and discussion... (Lawren Harris)
-as said privately to Robert Genn in 1961...
Independence is good for awhile. As a movement we were more readily noticed and believed in. And for a while there, we enjoyed each other's company. (Lawren Harris)
It's as if I were collaborating with myself, revealing my relationship to the material. My hand would make the drawing. Then my mouth would transmit it. (Jim Hodges)
-on sketching trip with Tom Thomson, Fred Varley, and Arthur Lismer...
That autumn of 1914 was wonderful, with sunny days and frosty nights... In the evening by the campfire, we discussed plans for the next day while we cooked good, husky meals. (A. Y. Jackson)
I'm basically the idea person. I'm not physically involved in the production. I don't have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people. (Jeff Koons)
Politeness is the poison of collaboration. (Edwin Land)
-on collaborating with Jay Moore...
Working with another artist is similar to a musical collaboration. We are starting with Jay's compositions, and I am helping him play them on a different instrument. (Geoff Lasko)
-to G. F. Watts...
Watts, if I could paint, and you could draw, what an artist we should be! (Frederic Leighton)
To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another. (John C. Maxwell)
Collaboration over time creates a different understanding of a subject. (Michael Michalko)
Let's you and I conjure together. You watch me and I'll watch you and I will show you how to show me how to show you how to do our marvelous human tricks together. (Courtney Milne)
I really like doing work that is a collaboration between customer and artist. It is a leftover from my days as a sign painter. (Maureen Moezeo)
Collaborating with a music composer forces one to think of painting as interpreting sound through colour and line - quite a challenge and different from looking at a subject and drawing and painting what one sees. (Alfred Muma)
The unconscious is our best collaborator. (Mike Nichols)
I've done some collaborations which have ended up like Chinese whispers, but the most successful was with Tilda Swinton... Together we transcended our previous work and made something better together than we could have done apart. (Cornelia Parker)
With collaborations you never follow the same palette. (Robin Rimbaud)
It takes two people to enjoy a painting. The artist writes his story and the art patron 'reads' the work. (Cynde Roof)
Perhaps our work must be without a human buddy, yet a deeper relationship grows with something indescribable that assists us directly. This unseen energy is what we get to collaborate with, and sometimes it takes our hand and guides us profoundly. (Linda Saccoccio)
You have to be part psychologist and part politician to work creatively and collaboratively... (Nina Sadowsky)
It often takes two to do a good painting - one to paint it, and another to rap the painter smartly with a hammer before he or she can ruin it. (Richard Schmid)
I trust my work. It's a collaboration with the material, and when it's viewed, it's a collaboration with the world. (Kiki Smith)
Maybe somebody will end up being more the one that does the gluing, but it doesn't make any difference. We both take the pictures, set up the contact sheets. We both discuss the size, the color, the framing, the construction. (Doug and Mike Starn)
- interview by Ian Jack...
Finlay was the godfather of a problem that's rampant everywhere today. He called the people who made his work 'collaborators'... nowadays it's 'fabricators'... talented people who are grateful, desperate and thwarted. There's plenty of them. (Alexander Stoddart)
Leave enough ambiguity in your paintings so that there is room for the viewer's imagination to contribute to the experience, making it a collaboration. (Darla Tagrin)
Every collaboration brings unfamiliar nuances to an instrumental language that has become highly developed and essentially self-contained. (David Toop)
By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved. (John Updike)
Things work well when a group of people know each other, and things break down when it's a bunch of random people interacting. (Jimmy Wales)
In a lifetime there are only a few people you can work with... where you can trust each other and push each other in different directions. (Errollyn Wallen)
I'm constantly thinking about trying to piece together collaborators... All disciplines can be narrow... (Judith Weir)
All of us need to self-promote. We cannot sit back and wait for our gallery or rep to do it all. (Jack White)
The moment someone other than the artist determines the 'product,' the product becomes a collaboration. How many signatures belong at the bottom of a collaboration? (David Wayne Wilson)
Some collaboration has to take place in the mind... before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. (Virginia Woolf)