|Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955 (detail)|
This is a terrific show. As Laura Cumming wrote in her review, Rauschenberg is revealed as a 'ceaselessly inventive' artist, fizzing with ideas, constantly experimenting, throwing out ideas which sparked off whole careers of later artists. There is as much going on in a single 'combine' (his name for the pieces which mix painting and sculpture and incorporate all mannner of materials) as might be found in some of those artists' careers.
Thoug many of the works were familiar to me from reproductions seeing them first hand was revelatory: they are so rich in textures, imagery and association. Wonderful stuff.
Read reviews by Waldemar Januszczak, Laura Cumming, Adrian Searle, Emily Spicer, Karen Wright, Louisa Buck.
(Click on images to enlarge.)
|Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Black Painting), c1951|
|Robert Rauschenberg (with Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns), Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Dirt Painting (for John Cage), c1953|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Yoicks (Red Painting), 1954|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Charlene, 1954|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram, 1955-59|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Black Market, 1961|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Retroactive II, 1964|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Persimmon, 1964|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Cardboard), 1972|
|Robert Rauschenberg, Holiday Ruse (Night Shade), 1991|