[c] = romantic lovers


Non-Collaborative Couples:

  • Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe [c]: though they did not collaborate (Stiegletz was a photographer, O'Keefe a painter), they were one of the most famous pair of artists lovers.
  • Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera [c]: again, the couple did not collaborate, they had a notoriously tempestuous affair--it's likely that Kahlo committed suicide by poisoning herself.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono [c]: John Lennon was not a visual artist, but the couple was famous for some of their photographs together. Two very creative individuals who also had a very violatile, torrid, intense relationship.
  • Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns [c]
  • Merce Cunningham and John Cage [c]
  • Margaret Killigan and Barry McGee [c]: the graffiti artist couple were not known for their collaborative work, but they each drew inspirition from each other. Killigan was diagnosed with breast cancer at around the same time she discovered that she was pregnant. She would need to abort her baby if she wished to treat her cancer, but she declined, and died three weeks after her daughter Asha was born. Asha is now in the care of her father Barry McGee.
  • Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre [c]: Mendieta's mysterious death was ruled as a suicide, but it looks suspicious. Medieta had fallen out of a window after a heated argument. It is possible she was pushed out of the window by Andre. Andre and Mendieta had still been a newlywed couple when the incident occured. There's evidence to show that both had been intoxicated during the incident.



More artist duos here.