Robert Rauschenberg Competition

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Oct 20, 2014 2:38PM

“When I am bored or understand I stop.’ Robert Rauschenberg talked about when he was making art that once he was bored or understood the piece he would stop, shy of drawing a full conclusion, or statement about the piece he was working on. This was so that the viewer of the piece could make their own options or stories to the piece. With this exhibit I would like to focus mainly on the freedom of the viewer, whether it be through the artist’s use of color, senses, expression or finding beauty in the things that people are surrounded by during the Pop Art movement. Robert Rauschenberg was a man who took interest in many forms of art, he was a painter, printmaker, sculptor, collages, performer, dancer and later in his life a composer. I think it is crucial for an exhibit to offer as many varieties in art as Rauschenberg had throughout his lifetime.

Art has for many years been more about beauty and what the creator sees, but since around the turn of the twentieth century, art has been more for the viewer. I would start with works of Vassily Kandinsky, whose work was the demand for experience through the position of color, the subject acted more as a subtext.

Another movement to include is Dada, it was a time where artist were testing the limitations on art, and trying to completely break the barriers on the concept of traditional art. Installations are used primarily to help the audience feel part of the space, but how they feel is a free opinion. Most are also made up of ordinary objects, like many of Rauschenberg’s found art pieces.

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present March 2010- May2010, performance would be appropriate for the exhibition, she sits silently, motionless and emotionless in front of an individual viewer. Acting as a mirror the viewer reflects more on themselves and how they are really feeling. This is about the participants experience and what they see rather than what the artist is trying to portray.



Vassily Kandinsky, Improvisation 28, 1912

Vassily Kandinsky, Composition VII, 1913

Man Ray, Gift, 1921

Man Ray, Violin d'Ingresv, 1924

                Man Ray. Le Retour A La Raison (The Return to Reason), 1923

Hannah Hoch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-belly Cutural Epoch in Germany, 1919

                Marcel Duchamp, Roue de Bicyclette, 1913/1963


Robert Rauschenberg:

                Should Love Come First? c. 1951

                Untitled (Scatole Personali), 1953

                Oracle, 1962-65

                Shades,  1964

                Pilot (Jammer),  1975

Drums (Night Shade), 1991

                Bicycloids IX,  1994

                Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present March 2010- May2010

Marc Bijl, Martha Colburn, Fendry Ekel, Dylan Graham, Folkert de Jong, Job Koelewijn, Maartje Korstanje, Alon Levin, Erik van Lieshout, Serge Onnen, Daan Padmos, Karen Sargsyan, Lara Schnitger, Jennifer Tee, Rob Voerman, Guido van der Werve, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, September 12, 2009- July 26, 2010.

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