Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965", Signed by Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham’, 1974, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965", Signed by Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham’, 1974, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965", Signed by Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham’, 1974, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965", Signed by Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham’, 1974, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

Signed exhibition catalogue depicting the pioneering effort to draw together related currents in various arts of the 1950's and early '60s. It belonged to my mother who was herself an artist and attended the exhibit and had the first page of the inside front cover signed by 4 artists including Robert (Bob) Rauschenberg, John Cage (composer), Merce Cunningham (dancer) and one unknown artist signature. Also signed by Neil A. Chassman, the Chairman of the Department of Art History at Southern Methodist University. The catalogue is in beautiful condition and only has mild scuffing on the spine and covers. It contains 175 pages. Also included are 3 Dallas Morning News articles regarding the 1974 exhibit and the program for the John Cage and Merce Cunningham dances and reading.

Signature: Signed by 4 artists.

Publisher: Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University
Private Collection, NY

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

About John Cage

One of the most influential composers of the 20th century and a leading figure in the post-war avant-garde, John Cage was a music theorist, writer, and artist, as well as a composer. His most famous piece, 4’33” (1952), consisted of musicians doing nothing but listening to the sounds in a room for the duration of 4 minutes and 33 seconds. For Cartridge Music (1960), he amplified small household objects in a live performance. Influenced by Indian philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Duchamp’s readymades, Cage championed chance procedures in music, incorporating found sounds, noise, and alternative instruments into his compositions. Two important early collaborators were the painter Robert Rauschenberg and the dancer Merce Cunningham, who was also his romantic partner for most of their lives. Cage published his first book, Silence, in 1961 and, in the 1970s, began to transform literary works, including those of Joyce and Thoreau, into music.

American, 1912-1992, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York