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Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
LOT ID: 16065
Untitled, 1978

Colored Pencil, Collage, Mixed Media, solvent transfer, fabric on paper
30.5 х 23 in. (77.47 x 58.42 cm.)
Signed, "RAUSCHENBERG", dated "78", and dedicated "FOR CHARLIE" lower right in red pencil. (Rauschenberg registry number is 78D062)
Edition UNIQUE
Lot description
Important, seventies’ collage. A gift from the late artist to the current owner (who was associated with Leo Castelli Gallery in the 1970s when the artist was represented by Castelli).

Robert Rauschenberg (born Port Arthur, Texas, 1925) is one of the 20th century's most influential and prolific artists. The artist is credited with bridging the movements of Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus, and Pop Art.
Rauschenberg made many collages, and did numerous transfer collages, such as this. His imagery during this time included sports figures, represented here by the football players, the windmill (represented here by a fan of paint chips), and also images of tire(s). This work features a tire, and when the current owner asked Rauschenberg why he used tire images, the artist replied that it was through tires (cars) that he was able to leave his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. As with many works, this piece has many autobiographical references. The polka-dotted fabric has orange crayon lines. The crayon was also used to sign and dedicate the work. A fabulous and iconic work from the original owner, with important art historical significance.

Archivally-framed; Rauschenberg registry number is 78D062.
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