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Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
LOT ID: 80329
Shirtboards, Morocco, Italy, '52, 1952

Screenprint, and collage on handmade paper
21.5 х 7.75 in. (54.61 x 19.68 cm.)
Signed, stamped, and numbered in pencil, with the Styria Studio blindstamp
Print/Casting Year 1992
Edition of 65
Foundry/Publisher Styria Studio
Lot description
These exquisite works by Robert Rauschenberg, show the late artist at his best- each one is a visual poem.

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 Josef 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 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
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Shirtboards, Morocco, Italy, '52 by Robert Rauschenberg
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