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Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (USA, 1925–2008)
Robert Rauschenberg (USA, 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, the 1965 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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Robert Rauschenberg Untitled "Harp" Lithograph Limited Edition
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg: Untitled "Harp." 1989 framed lithograph. Published by Dallas Cares / The American Foundation for AIDS Research Edition: 53/500 Robert Rauschenberg (October 22,...
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Late 20th Century Modern Robert Rauschenberg

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Robert Rauschenberg Quarry" Lithograph
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Rauschenberg color lithograph for Gemini, Gel. Signed and editioned Print size: 33 3/4" x 25 3/4" W.
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1960s American Vintage Robert Rauschenberg

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Robert Rauschenberg 1963 Jewish Museum Poster
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Sharon, CT
Important rare poster for Rauschenberg's first major museum retrospective. Printed offset litho in two tones of black. Unframed, will be shipped rolled ina 6" 'sono' tube.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Robert Rauschenberg

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Contemporary Modern Unframed Rauschenberg 1985 Overseas Poster Venezuela Red
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an unframed, Robert Rauschenberg, 1985 overseas poster, Venezuela. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 24" W x 34" H.   
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1980s Venezuelan Vintage Robert Rauschenberg

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Signed Robert Raushcenberg Print "People for the American Way 1980 1990"
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This piece was acquired from a Palm Beach estate and is titled "People for the American Way 1980 1990" and was created by Robert Rauschenberg. The original large scale lithograph and...
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Robert Rauschenberg "Bulldog" Guggenheim Retrospective Limitied Edition Plate
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Signed and stamped. Plate printed with Robert Rauschenberg photography, plate marked with Robert Rauschenberg signature and Exclusive Edition for the Guggenheim Museum. Copyright Rob...
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Mid-Century Modern Rauschenberg Signed Abstract Print Dated 1970s Numbered
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a magnificent, framed print by Robert Rauschenberg, signed, dated 1972 and numbered 17/84. "Horsefeathers Thirteen-VII" In excellent condition. The dimensio...
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"Two Reasons Birds Sing" by Robert Rauschenberg
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Two Reasons Birds Sing" by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). Signed and numbered 31/100 and dated 79. Original framing. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was an American painter and...
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