In the olden days, that is in the time before circa 1990, dialogue between artists often had to involve a physical get-together. It may have taken place in a dive bar, like between Pollock and de Kooning, in a fancy restaurant where Freud and Bacon liked to meet, or it involved an old-fashioned studio visit as frenemies Manet and Degas preferred. The advent of the smart phone and the widening net of social media platforms made physical contact superfluous. All of a sudden, artists could share impressions and swap ideas instantaneously, often involving multiple parties – even over several continents. In an interesting experiment, the photography department of the Metropolitan Museum paired up twenty-four artists over the course of five months and asked them to record their visual dialogue on their phones. The participating artists were Cynthia Deignault and Daniel Heidkamp; Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz; Manjari Sharma and Irina Rozovsky; Nicole Eisenman and A. L. Steiner; Sanford Biggers and Shawn Peters; Cao Fei and Wu Zhang; Teju Cole and Laura Poitras; Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Nontsikelelo Mutiti; Nina Katchadourian and Lenka Clayton; Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman; and Ahmet Ögüt and Alexandra Pirici. The result is an exhilarating glimpse into the minds of artists: a direct graphic response to everyday tedium, fascinating visuals, homelife, artistic output, and politics. Highlights include the conversation between Manjari Sharma and Irina Rozovsky, who discovered they were both pregnant and due around the same time and an exchange of photographs of paintings created especially for the project by Cynthia Daignault and Daniel Heidkamp. Here is a sample of the painterly exchange between the two artists. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art through December 17.