Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Cowbags: South American Pond (Limited edition print by Robert Rauschenberg and David Bradshaw)’, 1986, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera II

Limited edition print hand signed by both Robert Rauschenberg and David Bradshaw, who in the 1960s, (while in his early 20s) was one of the first artists invited to create art at Untitled Press at Rauschenberg's residence and studio on Captiva Island. He spent a number of months there creating new work which was exhibited with Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Brice Marden. Flash forward two decades, and Rauschenberg and Bradshaw once again collaborated on the present work expressly for their joint exhibit at Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT. This print was not mass marketed and is very rare thus. Excellent condition; unframed. -- Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Boldly signed on the recto (front) by both Robert Rauschenberg and David Bradshaw. Unnumbered but from a limited edition of approx. 100

Acquired from the Vajrayana Foundation, in Waterville, California. It was donated by Paul Seaton, who received it directly from the artist David Bradshaw.

About Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.

American, 1925-2008, Port Arthur, Texas, based in New York and Captiva Island, Florida