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Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
LOT ID: 67929
Ballot (from Bones and Union) , 1975

Mixed Media Sculpture Edition, rag-mud and rope
72 х 28 х 1.5 in. (182.88 x 71.12 x 3.81 cm.)
Signed, "Rauschenberg PPII 75"
Edition PP II aside edition of 15
Foundry/Publisher Gemini Prints
Lot description
'Ballot (from Bones and Union) is a fabrication of rag-mud, a mixture of paper pulp, fenugreek powder, ground tamarind seed, chaulk powder, gum powder, copper sulphate. Here, rag-mud was shaped by hand from the artist's drawing and then Indian rope was looped and imbedded to protrude for hanging. Finally, lengths of rope were looped through the center slot and tied.

American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), was one of the most influential and prolific artists of the 20th Century. Credited with bridging the movements of Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dadaism, and Pop Art, the artist strove to undermine the illusion that art has an exclusive meaning. Rauschenberg always experimented with innovative approaches to art, challenging viewers and artists alike with his ambitious creations. From his ‘Erased De Kooning’ (1953) which literally erased one of De Kooning’s drawing as a form of art, to his ‘Open Score’ (1966) which playfully witnessed the act of chance with a tennis ball striking a gong, Rauschenberg knew no limits with his work. Often stating that he wanted to work “in the gap between art and life,” Rauschenberg deconstructed notions of high and low art, pushing the boundaries between objects of art and the everyday. In 1993, Rauschenberg was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and has had numerous retrospectives at such renowned institutions as the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Arts (Los Angeles).

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)


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