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Robert Rauschenberg was drawn to poster design throughout his career, viewing the medium as a unique opportunity to collaborate with printmakers and reach a larger audience. Rauschenberg’s posters are rarely legible at first glance and require repeat viewing to uncover their many hidden symbols and details. Composed …

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Alpha 137 Gallery

This gorgeous work is by Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most innovative and important Pop artists of the 20th century. Pencil signed and numbered from the limited edition of 275. It was created to raise funds for the 1989 International Very Special Arts Festival in Washington, D.C.

Medium
Condition
Very good condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated and numbered in graphite pencil on the recto (front).
Certificate of authenticity
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Frame
Included
Publisher
Robert Rauschenberg and the International Arts Festival, Washington, D.C.
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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.

High auction record
$89m, Christie's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Rauschenberg: In and About L.A.Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Rauschenberg: The 1/4 MileLos Angeles County Museum of Art
2017
Faurschou Foundation VeniceFaurschou Foundation
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International Very Special Arts Festival, 1989

Lithograph on wove paper, Signed & Numbered (unframed)
38 1/4 × 27 1/4 in
97.2 × 69.2 cm
Edition of 275
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$3,500
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Shipping: $195 domestic, $495 rest of world
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Robert Rauschenberg was drawn to poster design throughout his career, viewing the medium as a …

AG
Alpha 137 Gallery

This gorgeous work is by Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most innovative and important Pop artists …

Medium
Condition
Very good condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated and numbered in graphite pencil on the recto (front).
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Publisher
Robert Rauschenberg and the International Arts Festival, Washington, D.C.
Price ranges of medium-sized posters by Robert Rauschenberg
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$3,300–$3,600
This work
$0
$6,300+

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.

High auction record
$89m, Christie's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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