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Spackle (for Harvey Gantt), 1990

Lithograph in colors on HMP Koller handmade cream paper
5 7/10 × 4 1/2 in
14.6 × 11.4 cm
Edition of 250
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

Robert Rauschenberg was very passionate about politics, and actively contributed his art, his …

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Robert Rauschenberg was very passionate about politics, and actively contributed his art, his creativity and his time to causes he cared deeply about. In 1990, many conservative politicians, led by right wing firebrand Jesse Helms of North Carolina, protested the ICA's Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, and lobbied …

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Signed, dated and numbered in graphite on the recto (front). Published by Gemini G.E.L at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York, with their … Read more
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Gemini Gel at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York
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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Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

Robert Rauschenberg was very passionate about politics, and actively contributed his art, his …

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Robert Rauschenberg was very passionate about politics, and actively contributed his art, his creativity and his time to causes he cared deeply about. In 1990, many conservative politicians, led by right wing firebrand Jesse Helms of North Carolina, protested the ICA's Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, and lobbied …

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Medium
Print
Signature
Signed, dated and numbered in graphite on the recto (front). Published by Gemini G.E.L at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York, with their … Read more
Publisher
Gemini Gel at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York
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.

Spackle (for Harvey Gantt), 1990

Lithograph in colors on HMP Koller handmade cream paper
5 7/10 × 4 1/2 in
14.6 × 11.4 cm
Edition of 250
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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