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Essential People

Each of the 40 collaborators was asked to provide us with the names of three artists that have been the most influential for their practice. The below list is an anonymous compilation of the responses gathered, in alphabetical order.


Aaron Williamson
Abbas Kiarostami
Adrian Piper
Alain Kaprow
Albert Camus
Alejandro Jodowrosky
Andre Agassi
Andy Murray
Andy Warhol
Angela Carter
Ann Hamilton
Anne Bean
Annie Sprinkle
Antonin Artaud
Arianne Mnoushkin
Bob Flanagan/Sheree Rose
Brian Catling
Brothers Grimm
Bruce Nauman
Carolee Schneemann
Chris Burden
Cindy Sherman
Claude Cahun
David Hammons
David Lynch
David Wojnarowicz
DJ Hazard
Edward Hopper
Einar Schleef
Ernst Fischer
Esther Ferrer
Forced Entertainment
Francesca Woodman
Francis Bacon
Franko B
Frida Kahlo
Gaby Agis
Gary Stevens
Gina Pane
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki
Hieronymous Bosch
Jean Genet
Jerome Bel
Jerzy Grotowski
Joe Moran
John Cage
John Peel




Joseph Beuys
Karen Finley
Kate Mahony
Kazuo Ohno
Keith Johnstone
Kim Noble
Kira O’Reilly
Kurt Johannessen
L’ Art Brut Lausaanne
La Ribot
Lavina Fontana
Lawrence Weiner
Lee Wen
Leonora Carrington
Louise Bourgeois
Lynda Barry
Marcel Broodthaers
Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Proust
Marcia Farquhar
Mark Rothko
Marlen Haushofer
Matteo Fargion and Jonathan Burrows
Maya Deren
Michael Mayhew
Paul Burwell
Pina Bausch
Raymund Hoghe
Rebecca Horn
Richard Martel
Ron Athey
Rose English
Samuel Beckett
Shane Meadows
Simon Vincenzi
Sonia Boyce
Sophie Calle
Split Britches
Stephen Cripps
SupposiTori Spelling
Teatro Della Contraddizzione (Theatre of Contradiction)
The Yes Men
Valie Export
Vasan Sitthiket
Viktor and Rolf
Yoko Ono