Robert Rauschenberg, ‘The Suite of Nine Prints: eight plates’, 1979, Phillips

All sheets: 30 1/2 x 23 in. (77.5 x 58.4 cm)

All signed, dated, six numbered 'HC 2/10' and two numbered 'HC 4/10' in pencil (each an hors commerce, the edition was 100 and an unrecorded number of artist's proofs), published by Multiples, Inc., New York, two framed, lacking Why You Can't Tell #2.

Including: From the Seat of Authority; One More and We Will be More than Half Way There; People Have Enough Trouble Without Being Intimidated by an Artichoke; Two Reasons Birds Sing; Back Out; Shoot from the Main Stem; More Distant Visible Part of the Sea and Why You Can't Tell #1

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