Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Tibetan Keys and Locks (Leo Castelli exhibition poster) ’, 1986, Lot 180
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Robert Rauschenberg

Tibetan Keys and Locks (Leo Castelli exhibition poster) , 1986

Offset lithograph in colors
20 × 29 3/4 in
50.8 × 75.6 cm
.
$395
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Robert Rauschenberg was drawn to poster design throughout his career, viewing the medium as a …

Lot 180

Robert Rauschenberg, Leo Castelli Gallery 1986:
Vintage Robert Rauschenberg poster published by …

Medium
Condition
Very good; contains fold-lines as originally issued.
Signature
Printed signature. , not signed
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Castelli Graphics
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.

Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Tibetan Keys and Locks (Leo Castelli exhibition poster) ’, 1986, Lot 180
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Robert Rauschenberg was drawn to poster design throughout his career, viewing the medium as a unique opportunity to collaborate with printmakers and reach a larger audience. Rauschenberg’s posters are rarely legible at first glance and require repeat viewing to uncover their many hidden symbols and details. Composed …

Lot 180

Robert Rauschenberg, Leo Castelli Gallery 1986:
Vintage Robert Rauschenberg poster published by Castelli Graphics in conjunction with the exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: Tibetan Keys and Locks, May 21-June 18, 1986 at Leo Castelli New York.

Off-set lithograph in colors 1986. 20 x 29.75 inches.
Fold-lines as originally …

Medium
Condition
Very good; contains fold-lines as originally issued.
Signature
Printed signature. , not signed
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Castelli Graphics
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.

Robert Rauschenberg

Tibetan Keys and Locks (Leo Castelli exhibition poster) , 1986

Offset lithograph in colors
20 × 29 3/4 in
50.8 × 75.6 cm
.
$395
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