Dylaby (Combine Painting)

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Project Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
2016
Rauschenberg in China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing
2016
Robert Rauschenberg, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
Robert Rauschenberg: Hoarfrost Editions 1974, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2013
Robert Rauschenberg and Photography, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Project Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
2016
Rauschenberg in China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing
2016
Robert Rauschenberg, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
Robert Rauschenberg: Hoarfrost Editions 1974, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2013
Robert Rauschenberg and Photography, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2013
Robert Rauschenberg: Jammers, Gagosian Gallery, London
2011
Robert Rauschenberg: Transfer Drawings, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
2011
Robert Rauschenberg, Gagosian Gallery, Paris
2010
Robert Rauschenberg, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
"This Art Is Your Art" Competition, White House Historical Association, Washington DC
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2015
The Inaugural Installation, The Broad, Los Angeles
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