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Robert Rauschenberg

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One of the most fearlessly experimental American artists of all time, Robert Rauschenberg choreographed and wrote the music for Pelican in 1963. First performed by Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham dancer Carolyn Brown and Swedish Fluxus artist Per Olof Ultvedt at the America on Wheels pop festival (held inside a Washington, D.C. roller skating rink), it was revived in 1965 for the historic First New York Theater Rally organized by the adventurous Jewish Museum director/Venice Biennale curator Alan Solomon. Featured photograph, by Peter Moore, captures Rauschenberg in the 1965 happening, performed with Carolyn Brown and Judson Church dancer Alex Hay, which took place at a former CBS television studio in New York.

Featured photograph is reproduced from Robert Rauschenberg, published by MoMA.

Robert Rauschenberg

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Robert Rauschenberg's "Bed" is among the most seminal of all seminal artworks of the twentieth century. Comprised of oil, pencil, toothpaste and red fingernail polish on pillow, quilt (previously owned by Dorothea Rockburne), and bedsheet mounted on wood supports, it is arguably the artist's first Combine. Produced in 1955, this hybrid artwork was completed seven years after Rauschenberg first encountered Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, four years after he met John Cage, three years after his travels through Europe and North Africa with painter and partner Cy Twombly, two years after he erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning and called it art, and one year from the time he met and became romantically involved with Jasper Johns, whose own masterpiece, "Flag," was also produced in 1955. One year later, Rauschenberg would write, "I consider the text of a newspaper, the detail of a photograph, the stitch in a baseball, and the filament in a light bulb as fundamental to the painting as brush stroke or enamel drip of paint. In the end, what one sees as my work is what I choose to make with no guarantee of enlightenment, humor, beauty or art."

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Last week, TATE Modern opened Robert Rauschenberg, the definitive traveling retrospective which arrives at MoMA in May of 2017 before continuing on to SFMOMA. "From first to last," the show is "almost impossibly rich and rewarding," Adrian Searle writes in The Guardian. "Paintings made with dirt and paintings of nothing at all, images that encapsulate the achievements and disasters of 1960s America, a stuffed goat that looks like it has been feeding from a painter’s palette, and a mud-bath gurgling liquid cement like a lava pool. The exhibition moves through a life and career at gathering pace, from the early 1950s to the artist’s death in 2008. Room after room arrest us with yet another creative swerve, a shift in medium, scale, formal attack and presence." Scanning (1963) is reproduced from the stupendous accompanying exhibition catalog, one of our Top 10 Holiday Gift Books of 2016.

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