"Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector" is a collaboration in three ways:
1. Between the pair of collectors, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett
2. Between the artists and the collectors
3. Between the aggregate and the viewer.
James Cottrell, an anesthesiologist interested in the human brain, and his partner, Joseph Lovett, interested in the lives of artists, were among the "top" 100 Collectors of 2001 named by Arts and Antiques magazine. They have assembled work throughout the career-spans of many of the artists they regard. Curator Sue Scott took the opportunity of their domicile renovation to assemble their trove, which then became a traveling show of paintings and works on paper that began at the Orlando Museum of Art, and is currently on view throughout two floors of the Chelsea Museum. Most of the pieces share several visual characteristics, and one definite, but more ephemeral aspect: methodology.
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