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Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
February 8th through June 15th, 2014


Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville
October 11th, 2013 – January 12th, 2014

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
June 14 - September 8, 2013

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
June 14th – September 8th, 2012

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
March 16th, 2012 – July 15th, 2012

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
October 1st, 2011 – February 12th, 2012

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
March 20th, 2011 – September 4th, 2011

Rubell Family Collection, Miami
December 3rd, 2008 – May 30th, 2009


30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

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Inside Our Process | Rubell Family

We only show art we own. That is a founding principle of the Rubell Family Collection, a principle that gives us tremendous freedom and enormous constraints. When we set out to conceptualize a new exhibition, we know we will only get the depth and quality we seek if we already have a strong foundation of works by a core group of artists. Once the exhibition is determined, we then collect into it, buying works that we consider essential right up to the closing date for the catalogue, just one month before the opening of the show...


Artists in the exhibition

Nina Chanel Abney
John Bankston
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Mark Bradford
Iona Rozeal Brown
Nick Cave
Robert Colescott
Noah Davis
Leonardo Drew
Renée Green
David Hammons

Barkley L. Hendricks
Rashid Johnson
Glenn Ligon
Kalup Linzy
Kerry James Marshall
Rodney McMillian
Wangechi Mutu
William Pope.L
Gary Simmons
Xaviera Simmons

Lorna Simpson
Shinique Smith
Jeff Sonhouse
Henry Taylor
Hank Willis Thomas
Mickalene Thomas
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Kehinde Wiley
Purvis Young






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Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
February 2—June 2, 2013

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Artists in the exhibition:

Ai Weiwei

John Baldessari
Frank Benson
Amy Bessone
Matthew Brannon
Maurizio Cattelan
Peter Coffin
George Condo
Aaron Curry
John Dogg
Marcel Duchamp
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Elmgreen & Dragset
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Urs Fischer
Dan Flavin
Robert Gober
Aneta Grzeszykowska
Wade Guyton
Guyton / Walker
Karl Haendel
Peter Halley
David Hammons
Mark Handforth
Keith Haring


Rachel Harrison

Richard Hawkins
Damien Hirst
Jenny Holzer
Jonathan Horowitz
Thomas Houseago
Rashid Johnson
William E. Jones
Deborah Kass
Mike Kelley
Jeff Koons
Barbara Kruger
Jim Lambie
Elad Lassry
Louise Lawler
Mark Leckey
Sherrie Levine
Li Zhanyang

Glenn Ligon
Robert Longo
Nate Lowman
Nathan Mabry
Kris Martin
Paul McCarthy
Allan McCollum


Adam McEwen
Takashi Murakami
Cady Noland

David Noonan
Richard Prince
Charles Ray
Jason Rhoades
Stephen G. Rhodes
Bert Rodriguez
Sterling Ruby
Thomas Ruff
David Salle
Steven Shearer
Cindy Sherman
Haim Steinbach
John Stezaker
Philip Taaffe
Hank Willis Thomas
Piotr Uklanski
Meyer Vaisman
Kelley Walker
Wang Ziwei
Andy Warhol
Christopher Wool
Zhang Huan




Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
February 2 – June 2, 2013

Rubell Family Collection, Miami
December 2, 2009 – August 27, 2010

Beg Borrow and Steal presents paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations by seventy-four artists from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation and occupies twenty-eight galleries at the 45,000 sq ft museum. It is accompanied by a large-format 272-page catalog.

In 2005 the Rubells had a series of conversations with artists Kelly 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 Cady Noland, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Richard Prince opened doors for other 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.” While the question of artistic influence may not be new, what artists choose to borrow or steal, and from whom, is distinct in that it becomes a reflection of their own time. Beg Borrow and Steal presents artists’ attempts to build on the legacies of their predecessors as they present their own new ideas. Art about art and “stolen” imagery has fueled many an artist’s production, and this exhibition contains numerous landmark examples by internationally renowned contemporary artists.

Rubell Family Statement: Our Process
Every show at the Rubell Family Collection is comprised entirely of work we own, and it is inevitably new acquisitions that provide the inspiration for these exhibits. The more recent work forces us to look at the rest of the collection in a new context, establishing new dialogues between artworks that we then make visible in the mounting of the exhibition. Usually, by the time we’ve traced a particular aesthetic, conceptual or social thread through to the late ‘60’s, where our collection begins, and beyond, we have gained a deeper understanding of the new work, its critical underpinnings, and its context in art history.

Today, something new is happening, and its meaning is not immediately evident to us. We know it has something to do with appropriation – of style, images, strategies, techniques, forms – in a way that is utterly different from the appropriation that preceded it: Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Sherrie Levine, Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Richard Prince. Many of the newer group of artists deal with the multi-layered, explosively dense quality of the Internet and aspects of what has come to be known as Web 2.0 culture. We do not believe, however, that this new work simply reflects our current technological and social reality.

The most interesting contemporary art almost always engages with a future that is not yet known, and we believe this new work is dealing with that future. The same way Andy Warhol predicted our current culture of fame, artists today are working around something we are just beginning to understand. It has to do with information overload, time, the collapse of time, indistinct authorship, virtuality and intense individuality. In the future, there might be a simple explanation, but for the moment it is a glorious mess of things.

In this exhibition, we have 260 works by 74 artists of different generations. As collectors, we feel privileged to embrace that which is new or feels new and to put it into an art historical context we can identify. Critics, curators, scholars and time will bring form and a deeper understanding to this, but we are thrilled to be here now. Through 45 years of collecting, the present has always been our greatest inspiration.



Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
August 23, 2012 - January 6, 2013

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Artists in the exhibition:

Joe Andoe
John Armleder
Richard Artschwager
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Nayland Blake
Ross Bleckner
Richmond Burton
Lawrence Carroll
Francesco Clemente
George Condo
Walter Dahn
Wim Delvoye
Jiri G. Dokoupil
R.M. Fischer
Eric Fischl
Katharina Fritsch
Robert Gober
Rodney Alan Greenblat

Andreas Gursky
Peter Halley
Herbert Hamak
Keith Haring
Jenny Holzer
Michael Jenkins
Mike Kelley
Jeff Koons
Jannis Kounellis
Sol LeWitt
Christopher Lucas
Brice Marden
Marlene McCarty
Matthew McCaslin
David McDermott &
Peter McGough

Marilyn Minter
Bruce Nauman

Cady Noland
Sigmar Polke
Richard Prince
Gerhard Richter
Thomas Ruff
August Sander
Thomas Schütte
Cindy Sherman
José Maria Sicilia
Mike and Doug Starn
Jessica Stockholder
Thomas Struth
Philip Taaffe
Rosemarie Trockel
Meyer Vaisman
Lawrence Weiner
Matthew Weinstein
Christopher Wool


Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
August 23th, 2012 – January 6th, 2013

Rubell Family Collection, Miami
December 1st, 2010 – August 26th, 2011

Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21: The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell is an exhibition that Jason Rubell first curated for his college thesis at Duke University in 1991. It contains 95 artworks he acquired between 1983 and 1991 and features 53 artists from this period, such as George Condo, Robert Gober, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Cady Noland, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman and Rosemarie Trockel. This exhibition traveled to ten university art museums between 1991 and 1994. Jason Rubellʼs experience presenting this exhibition to and for the public greatly informed the opening of the Rubell Family Collection in 1994 with his family. His collecting efforts since that time have been in collaboration with his parents Don and Mera Rubell. The exhibition is a time capsule illustrating Jason Rubellʼs early collecting endeavors and bears witness to numerous artistic movements of the 1980ʼs.



Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection
Fundación Banco Santander
Feb 11—June 17, 2012

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Fundación Banco Santander presents the exhibition Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection at Sala de Arte Santander. The exhibition features 66 works by 33 contemporary artists drawn from the Rubell Family Collection.

The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was founded by Don and Mera Rubell in New York in 1964. Nowadays its main premises are located in Miami. The RFC is one of the world’s leading private collections of contemporary art, not only because of the quality of the works owned but also because of the number of acquisitions by year. Due to these new acquisitions, the collection is constantly expanding.

The exhibition will present 68 works by the most prominent artists from the Rubell Family Collection, such as Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Elizabeth Peyton, Hernan Bass, Takashi Murakami, Neo Rauch, Francesco Clemente, Kaari Upson, Keith Haring, Adam McEwen, Cecily Brown…

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February 27 – May 24, 2009
Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection includes thirty-eight works in various media by the young Miami-based artist that were collected over the past ten years by the Rubell family. Born in 1978 and a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Bas has become one of South Florida’s most celebrated artists. His work, which incorporates romantic and classical imagery, finds inspiration in youth and Goth culture, fashion layouts, and books, among them the Hardy Boys series, as well as the work of Wilde, Huysmans, and other writers of the Aesthetic and Decadent period of literature reimagined from the perspective of a young gay artist. At the center of the exhibition is a specially commissioned, grand-scale video and sculpture installation, Ocean's Symphony, a sumptuous tribute to the myth of the mermaid.

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection was organized by Mark Coetzee, former Director of the Rubell Family Collection; the Brooklyn Museum presentation is coordinated by Charles Desmarais, Deputy Director for Art. The exhibition is made possible by the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund.

Traveling History:
February 27 – May 24, 2009
Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
December 6, 2007 – May 30, 2008
Rubell Family Collection, Miami



Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection

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Palm Springs Art Museum

This exhibition, specifically organized for the Palm Springs Art Museum and personally curated by Mark Coetzee, Rubell Family Collection director, is the first of other future collaborations between the two museums involving a range of initiatives featuring exhibitions drawn from the rich holdings of the Rubell Family Collection.

The exhibition presents work Haring produced after his early mural and graffiti art.  Included in the exhibition are 70 paintings, drawings and one sculpture spanning from works he created for his first gallery exhibition in 1982 to others made closer to his death in 1990 at the age of 31. The exhibition also includes 33 works by other artists who were important friends and artistic peers in Haring's life, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, George Condo, Tseng Kwong Chi, and Andy Warhol.  Contextualized by the art of his associates, Haring's colorful and playful, yet equally powerful, acidic work records the lively engagement of art and culture that represented a key aspect of the New York art scene of the 1980s.




Life After Death: New Leipzig Painting from the Rubell Family Collection


December 1, 2004 - February 27, 2005

“Life After Death” positions the paintings and drawings in this exhibition in the afterlife—the afterlife of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany), of social realism, and of painting in general. Traces of the GDR inhabit the grim interiors and muddled social modernist architecture in these paintings. Social realism, once the dominant style behind the Iron Curtain, possesses the figures who rarely make eye contact, keeping their thoughts to themselves. Painting itself (its death is an unlikely event that art critics proclaim every ten years or so) crops up in the emphasis on craft. You can see it in the use of classical gestures, graphite scaling grids, forced perspective, and careful attention to color.


Artists in the exhibition:

Tilo Baumgärtel
Tim Eitel
Martin Kobe
Neo Rauch
Christoph Ruckhäberle
David Schnell
Matthias Weischer


Traveling History:

December 1, 2004 - February 27, 2005
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

March 19, 2005 - March 31, 2006
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

April 21 - June 19, 2006
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

September 5 - October 29, 2006
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC

February 16 - June 3, 2007
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

June 23 - September 30, 2007
Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

November 16, 2007 - February 3, 2008
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

March 19 - May 18, 2008
Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN




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