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Rauschenberg's illustrations for Dante's Inferno, a perfect pairing of art & literature
  • ABOUT ARTIST:Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is currently the subject of a one man show at The Museum of Modern Art , New York, which will travel to San Francisco MoMA in the Fall. He ushered in a new era of postwar American art in the wake of Abstract Expressionism.
  • ABOUT BOOK: From 1958-1960 Rauschenberg made a series of 34 drawings, one for each Canto, or section, of Dante's poem The Inferno (1308-1321). The drawings combined watercolors with images from glossy magazines, including such popular figures as John F. Kennedy and Adlai Stevenson.
  • This affordable $24.95 book presents the complete set of drawings, with an introduction by curator Leah Dickerman and newly commissioned poetry from Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis. Should appeal to both ART and LITERARY audiences.
  • ABOUT AUTHORS: Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY. His most recent book is Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016). Robin Coste Lewis is American poet, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015) which won the National Book Award for Poetry.

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

Introduction by Leah Dickerman. Text by Kevin Young, Robin Coste Lewis.

Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

Rauschenberg's inventive contemporaneous interpretation of Dante's Inferno

Between 1958 and 1960, Robert Rauschenberg produced a series of 34 drawings, one for each Canto, or section, of Dante’s poem The Inferno (1308–1321). Together they are a virtual encyclopedia of modern-day imagery, made by transferring photographic reproductions from magazines or newspapers onto the drawing surface. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” Rauschenberg said. With additional imagery in pencil, crayon, pastel and collage, the drawings reflect Rauschenberg’s desire to infiltrate his art with the scenes and sounds of the surrounding world, a radical departure from the more transcendent ambitions of Abstract Expressionism.

Published in conjunction with the first major retrospective on Rauschenberg’s career since the artist’s death in 2008, this book presents the complete set of 34 drawings, with an introduction by curator Leah Dickerman and newly commissioned poetry from Kevin Young and Robin Coste Lewis, each reflecting on a selection of drawings and their corresponding Cantos.


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