An art show with one artist is a solo show. One featuring many artists is called a group show. What in the generally-accepted industry term for an art show that only has two artists? A dual show? A duo show?

  • Two individuals can already form a group. Another word that comes to mind is 'collaboration'. – Ji Ugug Jul 31 '16 at 19:41
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    Could get more answers asking this over on English.SE.... – inkista Jul 31 '16 at 20:08
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A "group exposition" or "collective exhibition" could be used to describe a two person art show ... BUT (after searching the internuts a bit) it seems that "Duo Exhibition" is the most common term for a two artist show. Group Exposition or Collective Exhibition applies to shows which have three artists or more.

Examples:

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    I converted the numbered list to a bulleted one as to not imply an order. I also converted some text into links to help the flow better. Nice finds. – Matt Aug 1 '16 at 16:48
  • Thx for the edit! Appreciate it very much. – John Vukelic Aug 1 '16 at 17:02

I think this really can depend on the artists purpose or goal. I found a Google book called Fine Art Publicity: The Complete Guide for Galleries and Artists that talks about this. What little we can see for free that is pertinent talks about creating press release for these refers to them as Multiple Artist and Theme Exhibitions.

An article discussing a (at the time) future exhibition featuring two artists as just that: An exhibition. The search that led me had the subject:

Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

One could argue that it was a themed art exhibit. In this case the two artists were from the same period, drawing on a similar war torn past into their works, but never collaborated together during their lives.

As we can see in the other answers there are multiple terms in use to describe this. I think the goal of the artists and hosting gallery or venue will drive what terms they would use to describe their exhibition/exhibit. I don't think there is one answer for this.

I've often seen two-person exhibition used to describe this kind of show. A simple web search on the term brings up a number of examples.

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