Collaborative works are rare in art history, seldom executed (or at least acknowledged) until the postmodern era. Even now, only a couple of internationally known couples are jointly producing pieces judged to be of museum quality: the Starn twins, who recently built a bamboo maze on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the British duo Gilbert & George, best known for their large-scale photographic double self-portraits.
Husband-and-wife collaborations are rarer still. The list of big names begins and ends with installation artists Christo, 75, and Jeanne-Claude, who died last year.
This is but one reason a current show at the 215 College Gallery may pique visitors’ interest. “Panda’s Exercise” presents 14 block prints, each a product of the marital and artistic partnership of