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Alpha 137 Gallery Gallery Auction

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 …
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Gemini Gel at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York

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.

High auction record
$88.8m, Christie's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Rauschenberg: In and About L.A.Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Rauschenberg: The 1/4 MileLos Angeles County Museum of Art
2017
Faurschou Foundation VeniceFaurschou Foundation
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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
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Alpha 137 Gallery Gallery Auction

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

Medium
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 …
Publisher
Gemini Gel at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York

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.

High auction record
$88.8m, Christie's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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