Beg Borrow and Steal at The Rubell Family Collection

by Art Fag City on December 8, 2009 · 1 comment Events


All images: AFC

The best versions of countless works I’ve seen in my travels to fairs and biennials over the course of last year are currently on display in The Rubell Family Collection’s exhibition “Beg, Borrow and Steal.” A curators-delight, the show focuses on the at times tediously trendy subject of reproduction art (New Yorkers: The Kitchen currently showcases the city-centric version of this show, coincidentally using a similar literary device in their title – “Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture”).

I’m still working out my thoughts on the exhibition — the work is impressive to say the least — though even for a show on reproduction, there’s a little too much repetition (and Steven Shearer) for my tastes. Elad Lassry, Aaron Curry and Rachel Harrison each take very different directions in their work, yet the pieces included looks a little too similar in form. Museums handle such problems by including wall text, but The Rubells have none, save for a statement about their collecting process.

I’m short on time today on account of a series of deadlines, so I’ve put together a slide show of selected photographs I took at the show. Notably, the exhibition sheds the dark tone I’ve seen over the previous two years, which presumably has something to do with the departure of the RFC’s Director Mark Coetzee. Juan Roselione-Valadez is the new acting Director of The Rubell Family Collection.

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