Lot Details

Sheet size: 35 3/8 x 27 inches (90 x 68.6 cm)

One of Rauschenberg's earliest prints, dating from 1962 and mimicking the assemblage techniques he was using in his original compositions where he would create collages from trash found on the streets in New York City. The idea of disparate images all jumbled together, was, the artist felt, an accurate representation of what it felt like to look around in a big city, hence the title "Urban." The print incorporates images taken from news media, such as an American flag and baseball players, anticipating the Pop Art movement.

Extremely rare. Another impression is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

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Catalogue Raisonné: 6, Foster
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
Notes: crease extending 2 inches into image
Degree: Moderate
Tears / Punctures / Holes
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: repaired tear top margin edge
Degree: Moderate
Trimmed Margins
Area: Margin
Location: Overall
Notes: The sheet has been trimmed
Degree: Major

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 35.38 x 27 in. (89.87 x 68.58 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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