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

Robert Rauschenberg (born Milton Ernst Rauschenberg on October 22, 1925, in Port Arthur, Texas) is best known for paving the way for pop art of the 1960s with fellow artist Jasper Johns by making use of non-traditional materials and questioning the distinction between art and everyday objects. He worked as a costume and stage designer in New York City before moving to painting, sculpture, music and collage to produce his work.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he experimented with collage and new ways to transfer photographs. In 1997, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City staged “Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective” showcasing the breadth and beauty of his work and its influence over the second half of the century.

Rauschenberg died on May 12, 2008 in Lee County, Florida.