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Beg Borrow and Steal is the first exhibition to be installed simulta neously in the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum in P alm 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. Thi s selection includes paintings\, sculptures\, photographs\, and videos by f ifty-eight artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foun dation. It surveys most of the artists included in the original installatio n\, with an emphasis on those working on the west coast\, especially Los An geles. The Southern California focus is significant\, not only for its rele vance 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 th e exhibition.

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As the director of the collection explain s in the exhibition catalogue\, in 2005 the Rubells had a series of convers ations with artists Kelley Walker and Wade Guyton\, who talked about the ge nerosity of some artists in the nature of their work. Walker and Guyton des cribed how artists like Andy Warhol\, Marcel Duchamp and Richard Prince ope ned doors for other younger artists like themselves to walk through. The Ru bells had never heard that opinion expressed as honestly before. This show was borne out of those conversations\, and its title comes from a quote att ributed to Picasso: “Good artists borrow\, great artists steal.”

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Beg Borrow and Steal brings together ar tists from different generations whose works abandon the search for new vis uals\, seeking instead an inventive use of existing images\, signs\, and cu ltural symbols. Artists in the exhibition who established this artistic lex icon include Ai Weiwei\, Marcel Duchamp\, Robert Gober\, Jenny Holzer\, Mik e Kelley\, Jeff Koons\, Paul McCarthy\, Takashi Murakami\, Charles Ray\, An dy Warhol\, and Christopher Wool. Not surprisingly\, photography plays a si gnificant role in much of the work\, which is represented in the exhibition by artists John Baldessari\, Barbara Kruger\, Sherrie Levine\, Robert Long o\, Richard Prince\, David Salle\, and Cindy Sherman. This group has been c alled the “pictures generation” due to their manipulations of photographic imagery.

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Subsequent artists have taken advantage of tec hnical innovations and web-based access that have made multi-layered and de nsely informed reproduction a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. Notably\, man y of the younger artists in the exhibition live and work in Los Angeles\, r eflecting 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 R uby. The exhibition thus presents a visual dialogue among internationally r ecognized 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.

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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\, and the museum’s Contemporary Art and Photogra phy Collection Councils.

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Members only reception Tuesday \, February 12\, 2013. 

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