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Robert Rauschenberg

American, 1925-2008

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the preeminent American artists of the 20th century, occupying a singular position that straddled the Abstract Expressionist and Pop art movements, drawing on key elements of each. An artistic polymath equally adept at painting, collage and silkscreening, Rauschenberg is best known for for the complex assemblages of found objects he termed “combines.”

Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1925. He first began to seriously consider a career in art in 1947, while serving in the U.S. Marines. After leaving the service, he briefly studied art in Paris with support from the G.I. Bill, then moved to North Carolina to attend Black Mountain College, home to a flourishing cross-disciplinary art community. Among his peers there were choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage, both of whom became friends and artistic collaborators.

Relocating to New York in the mid-1950s, Rauschenberg was initially put off by what he perceived as the self-seriousness of the adherents of Abstract Expressionism, then the dominant movement in the New York art world. Like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg was drawn to the visual landscape of popular culture and mined its imagery for inspiration. He used unorthodox materials like house paint and tried novel techniques in his studio like running paper over with a car whose wheels he had inked. Shortly after his inaugural solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, which featured paintings and drawings, he pivoted to a new format, creating his first found-object combines, which became his signature. The most famous of these is the 1959 Monogram in which a taxidermied goat is surrounded by a car tire, recalling the way a person’s initials are interwoven in the design referred to by the title.

Later in the 1960s, Rauschenberg turned his attention to silkscreening, creating prints that feature iconic figures of the day, very much in line with the style and content of Pop art. One such work, 1965's Core, which was created to commemorate the Congress of Racial Equality, combines photographs of President Kennedy, an unidentified Native American man, and a statue of a Civil War soldier with images of highways, amusement parks, street signs, and other features of the built environment. A circular color-test wheel sits at the composition’s formal core, reflecting the work’s commentary on race and ethnicity.

Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, Rauschenberg experimented with printing on unusual materials, such as Plexiglas, clothing and aluminum. Venturing even further afield, he created performance works, such as his 1963 choreographed piece “Pelican” and the 1966 film Open Score. In 1998, the Guggenheim Museum presented a large and comprehensive retrospective of Rauschenberg’s work, highlighting his influence on American art in the second half of the 20th century.

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Red River (Runts)
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in North Adams, MA
Robert Rauschenberg Red River (RR 2007.012), 2007 pigment transfer on polylaminate 61 x 73.5 in. The Runts are Rauschenberg’s final painting series, so named because the paintings a...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Robert Rauschenberg

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Dye Transfer

Features from Currents, #57
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg Title: Features from Currents, #57 Year: 1970 Medium: Hand-Printed Silkscreen on Aqua B 844 Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 50 Paper S...
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1970s Conceptual Robert Rauschenberg

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Screen

Poster for peace. 1970, 143/250, color screen print, 73x54,5 cm
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Riga, LV
Poster for peace. 1970, 143/250, color screen print, 73x54,5 cm Poster for peace with old phones, human skull and lit match
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1970s Impressionist Robert Rauschenberg

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Paper, Screen

Robert Rauschenberg 'Gallery of Fine Art' Red,Pink Offset Lithograph
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 32.75 x 25 inches ( 83.185 x 63.5 cm ) Image Size: 30 x 22.5 inches ( 76.2 x 57.15 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional...
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1980s Robert Rauschenberg

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Offset

Rays
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screen print and offset lithograph on white wove paper, Signed, dated and numbered 34/95 in pencil by Rauschenberg. Published by Styria Studio, I...
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1970s Contemporary Robert Rauschenberg

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Color, Lithograph, Offset, Screen

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H 52.88 in. W 39 in.
Two Reasons Birds Sing Limited Edition Lithograph & Collage Robert Rauschenberg
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG (1925-2008) One of the most influential American artists, having led the direction of contemporary art since his first showings in New York City in the early 1950...
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1970s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph

I Love New York
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg I Love New York 39.25" x 25 inches Limited Edition of 300 (unnumbered) Printed by ULAE Editions, East Islip, New York for the Twin Towers Fund This is the color ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Offset

American Mix 16
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Robert Rauschenberg American Mix, 1983 Photogravure Chine Colle on Handmade paper 20h x 26w in 50.80h x 66.04w cm 22/40 Iris Editions Signed, Numbered and Dated in pencil
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1980s American Modern Robert Rauschenberg

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Photogravure

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