These days, it's common for musicians to recruit visual artists to direct or creatively inform their music videos, but once in a while, the artist gets to make a powerful appearance only. In the case of Kendrick Lamar and Eddie Peake (and Jamie xx and Sophia Mattioli) the collaboration happens before the viewer's eyes, and the artist is also on the screen. In other cases, like Antony and the Johnsons and Marina Abramovic, the artist is simply present (bad joke?).

Regardless of what their presence meant for each of these videos, the appearance of visual artists in music videos is important. It's a way for a musician to show who their friends are and highlight their usually lesser known faces and work. Enjoy this list of 16 Music Videos Starring Visual Artists and see some unexpected collaborations take place.


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