ROBERT RAUSCHENBERGAmerican 1925 - 2008


Provenance:
Gagosian Gallery
Christie's New York, November 16, 2006, Lot 229
Private Collection, New York City
Private Collection, Connecticut

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERGAmerican 1925 - 2008

Born in 1925 in the refinery town of Port Arthur, Texas, Rauschenberg had little exposure to art during his childhood. Having briefly studied pharmacology at the University of Texas, he enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute before travelling to the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1948, Rauschenberg attended Black Mountain College where he was taught by Josef Albers, a leading exponent of the Bauhaus movement and where he first met Cy Twombly. The following year he studied at the Art Students League of New York. Perhaps most recognised for his Combines which united painting, sculpture and found objects, Rauschenberg became a leading member of the Post-War American avant-garde alongside Jasper Johns who he met in 1953 and later collaborated with. His experimentation with various media, materials and techniques, often bringing them together simultaneously, earned him multiple accolades including the Grand Prize at the 1964 Venice Biennale and major exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.