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Rose Clay, 1979

Solvent transfer and fabric collage on paper
83 3/4 × 36 in
212.7 × 91.4 cm
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SCA
Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

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"It's when you've found out how to do certain things, that it's …

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From the Catalogue

"It's when you've found out how to do certain things, that it's time to stop doing them, because what's missing is that you're not including the risk." — Robert Rauschenberg

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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed and dated 79
Robert Rauschenberg
American, 1925–2008
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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.

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About the work
Provenance
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Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"It's when you've found out how to do certain things, that it's …

Read more

From the Catalogue

"It's when you've found out how to do certain things, that it's time to stop doing them, because what's missing is that you're not including the risk." — Robert Rauschenberg

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed and dated 79
Robert Rauschenberg
American, 1925–2008
Follow

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.

Rose Clay, 1979

Solvent transfer and fabric collage on paper
83 3/4 × 36 in
212.7 × 91.4 cm
Bidding closed
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