Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Quattro Mani I’, 1998, Lora Schlesinger Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Quattro Mani I’, 1998, Lora Schlesinger Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Quattro Mani I’, 1998, Lora Schlesinger Gallery

In December 1997 Robert Rauschenberg and Darryl Pottorf spent a week photographing Los Angeles for Rauschenberg’s series of 12 screen prints LA Uncovered.
They freely explored the multicultural city, capturing its diversity, symbols, language and celebratory spirits.
Rauschenberg said of the series “The images were smuggle out of the corners to become indelible parts in a paper kaleidoscope about L.A.” In these beautiful and contemplative works,
Rauschenberg and Pottorf have opened our eyes to a city for which they clearly have a passion.
This series of color screenprints on paper was made in collaboration with artist Darryl Pottorf and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Quattro Mani refers to the four hands of the two artists.

Signature: signed on recto

Publisher: Gemini Gel

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

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