Saturday, 18 March 2017

Robert Rauschenberg - Tate Modern

Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955 (detail)
Robert Rauschenberg is at Tate Modern until 9 April 2017.
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

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