Robert Rauschenberg, ‘From a Diary’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘From a Diary’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘From a Diary’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is an extremely rare vintage Robert Rauschenberg work, published in a limited edition of only 28. It is rarely seen on the market, as most other works from this edition are already in major public collections like MOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago. "From a Diary" is the result of a chance meeting between Texas-born Robert Rauschenberg and the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky. The artist and the poet worked side by side in the production of these works in a true collaboration. The two perhaps unlikely collaborators worked well together, and their finished prints were exhibited at the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1979. In 2013, the series was later exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago
Text by Andrei Voznesensky (Russian, 1933-2010)
Printed by Bill Goldston and John A. Lund
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)
Unframed with minor rippling; otherwise in very good vintage condition.
An extremely rare and desirable Robert Rauschenberg piece.

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Signature: Pencil signed by both Robert Rauschenberg and Andrei Voznesensky, dated 1978 and numbered from the edition of only 28. Publisher's seal embossed lower right (ULAE - Universal Limited Art Editions)

Publisher: Published by Universal Limited Art Editions

The Artist and the Poet, February 1–June 2, 2013, Galleries 124–127. (another edition)
The Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1979 (another edition)


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