Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Pegasits/ROCI USA (Wax Fire Works)’, 1990, Phillips

This work is number 13 from an edition of 22 plus one National Gallery of Art proof, published by Saff Tech Arts

Signature: signed, numbered and dated "RAUSCHENBERG 13/22 90" lower left

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange, May 12 - September 2, 1991, p. 21 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
New York, Jacobson Howard Gallery, Last Turn - Your Turn: Robert Rauschenberg and the Environmental Crisis, March 6 - April 12, 2008, p. 13 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

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