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BEG BORROW AND STEAL

February 13th – June 2nd, 2013
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing

Beg Borrow and Steal is the first exhibition to be installed simultaneously in the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert in The Galen building. Originally organized by the Rubell family for an immense, annual installation from their permanent collection that coincides with the international art scene surrounding Art Basel in Miami, the exhibition has been refined to accommodate the museum's galleries. This selection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by fifty-eight artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. It surveys most of the artists included in the original installation, with an emphasis on those working on the west coast, especially Los Angeles. The Southern California focus is significant, not only for its relevance to our Palm Springs location, but also because the region has had a formidable influence on the use of appropriation in art, the subject of the exhibition.

Aaron Curry, Shack #5, 2006, paper collage, © reproduced with permission by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami, photography by Josh White / JW Pictures
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1983, color photograph, © reproduced by permission from the artist and Metro Pictures, New York, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1983, color photograph, © reproduced by permission from the artist and Metro Pictures, New York, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Elad Lassry Guinevere
Glenn Ligon Malcom X, Sun, Frederick Douglass, Boy With Bubbles 3
Hans Peter Feldman David
Jim Lambie, Tangerine Dream, 2004, mattress and paint, © Jim Lambie, reproduced by permission from Anton Kern Gallery, New York, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Jeff Koons Art Ad Portfolio
John Baldessari, Blockage (Blue), With Three Persons (One with Tie Orange), 2004, three-dimensional archival digital photographic print and acrylic on Sintra, Dibond and Gatorfoam panels, © The artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Karl Haendel, Untitled (Anita Hill), 2006, graphite on paper, © Karl Haendel, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, reproduced by permission from the artist and Harris Lieberman, New York
Guyton\Walker, Untitled (Blue Airplane), 2005, screen print and digital inkjet on canvas, © reproduced with permission by the artist and Greene Naftali, New York, courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Money Makes Money), 2001, screen print on vinyl, © Barbara Kruger, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, reproduced by permission from Spruth Magers Berlin London
Listing Image Beg Borrow Steal
Nathan Mabry, In Your Face (Number 9), 2006, C-print on Sintra, © Nathan Mabry, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Richard Hawkins, Urbis Paganus III, 8, 2006, collage and ink, © reproduced by permission from the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Richard Prince Untitled Mans Hand With Cigarette
Thomas Houseago, Untitled (60 Thomson), 2009, Tuf-cal, hemp and wood, © Thomas Houseago, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
William E. Jones, Killed, 2009, sequence of digital files, black and white, silent 1:44 minutes, looped, © reproduced with permission by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Hank Willis Thomas, Farewell Uncle Tom, 1971/2007, digital C-print, ed.1/5, © reproduced by permission from the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Ziwei Hopeless

Beg Borrow and Steal is the first exhibition to be installed simultaneously in the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert in The Galen building. Originally organized by the Rubell family for an immense, annual installation from their permanent collection that coincides with the international art scene surrounding Art Basel in Miami, the exhibition has been refined to accommodate the museum's galleries. This selection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by fifty-eight artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. It surveys most of the artists included in the original installation, with an emphasis on those working on the west coast, especially Los Angeles. The Southern California focus is significant, not only for its relevance to our Palm Springs location, but also because the region has had a formidable influence on the use of appropriation in art, the subject of the exhibition.

As the director of the collection explains in the exhibition catalogue, in 2005 the Rubells had a series of conversations with artists Kelley Walker and Wade Guyton, who talked about the generosity of some artists in the nature of their work. Walker and Guyton described how artists like Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Richard Prince opened doors for other younger artists like themselves to walk through. The Rubells had never heard that opinion expressed as honestly before. This show was borne out of those conversations, and its title comes from a quote attributed to Picasso: “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.”

Beg Borrow and Steal brings together artists from different generations whose works abandon the search for new visuals, seeking instead an inventive use of existing images, signs, and cultural symbols. Artists in the exhibition who established this artistic lexicon include Ai Weiwei, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Takashi Murakami, Charles Ray, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool. Not surprisingly, photography plays a significant role in much of the work, which is represented in the exhibition by artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman. This group has been called the “pictures generation” due to their manipulations of photographic imagery.

Subsequent artists have taken advantage of technical innovations and web-based access that have made multi-layered and densely informed reproduction a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. Notably, many of the younger artists in the exhibition live and work in Los Angeles, reflecting its importance as a center for this new aesthetic language. They include Amy Bessone, Aaron Curry, Karl Haendel, Richard Hawkins, Thomas Houseago, Elad Lassry, Nathan Mabry, Stephen G. Rhodes, and Sterling Ruby. The exhibition thus presents a visual dialogue among internationally recognized older and younger artists who share a use of appropriated imagery. Their works contribute to the discussion of how borrowing – and stealing – can be a way to comment on the past and still create something new.

This exhibition is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Art Museum, and is funded in part by Donna MacMillan, the museum’s Contemporary Art and Photography Collection Councils, and Veronica M. Fernandez. 

Docent-led tours take place through the run of this exhibition on:

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Fridays at 1 p.m.
Saturdays at 1 p.m.

The exhibition is also on view in the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert.  For more information about that segment of this exhibition, click here.