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Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
LOT ID: 77897
Arcanum VI (from Arcanum), 1981

Screenprint, with handcoloring and collage
22.8 х 15.7 in. (57.91 x 39.88 cm.)
Signed
Print/Casting Year 1981
Edition 85
Lot description
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) was renowned as an enfant terrible, famous for his 1950s work in the period between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Born in Port Arthur, TX, Rauschenberg was barely exposed to art until he attended school. His most significant art education took place at the Black Mountain College, which exposed him to influential artists such as Joseph Albers and John Cage. In his early years in New York, he gained attention for his Black Paintings and White Paintings; during this time he also became very close friends with the painter Jasper Johns, who exerted to influence Rauschenberg’s work.

In the 1950s, Rauschenberg began to incorporate any material he could scavenge into his combines (sculptural collages) by incorporating found objects, traditional brush strokes, photographs, and any other materials he encountered. This interplay between materials characterizes Rauschenberg’s entire career; he also experimented with silk screening and solvent transfers on a diverse selection of surfaces, as he explored the boundaries of traditional art forms and incorporated the vast visual offerings of American culture into his work such as Signs. Rauschenberg also developed an interest in art activism: his “Experiments in Art and Technology” (EAT) initiative encouraged collaborations between artists and scientists; the “Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange” (ROCI) project allowed him to visit locations worldwide to work with artists and exhibit his own art; and the non-profit “Change, Inc.” helps struggling artists pay medical expenses. Rauschenberg died of heart failure in Captiva, Florida, in 2008.

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Tate Modern (London, UK)
Arcanum VI (from Arcanum) by Robert Rauschenberg
  • Arcanum VI (from Arcanum) by Robert Rauschenberg
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