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Lifting: Theft in Art

Micah Lexier
16.5 × 21 cm

Lifting is a publication and a traveling exhibition of work from the 1970s onwards by artists who have—or claim to have—crossed a legal or moral line and committed theft in the name of art. Their motivations are diverse, from the frivolously mischievous to the critique of cultural structures.

Borrowing and appropriation have long since had a presence within the creative process. However, the artists within this exhibition have deliberately made the act of theft a fundamental part of the process. The resulting work tests the boundaries of what is morally and ethically acceptable within society, and engages with the ways in which legal and cultural significance are attributed to property.

With contributions by A-1 53167, The Art Guys, Kelly Baum, Miguel Calderón and Yoshua Okón, David M. Meurer and Rosemary J. Coombe, Tom Friedman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Dan Griffiths, Paul Groot, Jeff Ferrell, Mark Jeffrey, Janice Kerbel, Micah Lexier, Luis o Miguel, Ann Messner, Ivan Moudov, Scott Myles, Dennis Oppenheim, Joel Ross, Jon Routson, Savage, Rhys Southan, Diana Stigter, Ulay, Timm Ulrichs, Frazer Ward, Allison Wiese.




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