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Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary fair January 11 - 15, 2018

Robert Rauschenberg’s career remains among one of the most varied and unique to emerge from the Post-War American art scene. He played an instrumental role in redefining the trajectory of American art, building on the legacies of European Dadaists including Duchamp and Schwitters. The Hoarfrost series signalled a departure from his original method of image making, forging a new type of artistic practice that captured the ephemeral, the fleeting and the transitory. Untiled 75.090 captures Rauschenberg’s characteristic tendency towards the use of imagery cut from newspapers, advertisements and photographs which are playfully arranged on fabric via solvent transfer. Featured in Preview (Hoarfrost Edition), the car motif on the left of the earlier work is used once again but this time it’s been cut in half and the right half turned 180 degrees, creating a subtle distortion. The use of diaphanous sheets of fabric and the loose hanging of the work allow for delicate shifts in movement. The inclusion of everyday ephemera including paper bags, newspaper cuttings and photographs further reinforces the transience that Rauschenberg sought to explore in the series as well as investigating the nature of the veiled or obscured image.
The series not only represents a variation in Rauschenberg’s technical practice but also reflects his changing circumstances. In 1970 he relocated from the bustling streets of Lower Manhattan to the peaceful seclusion of Captiva Island, instigating a passage in his career that combined those stylistic innovations integral to his work from previous decades with a technique that was altogether freer and more liberated.
Acquired from the artist by a
Private Collector in Florida;
James Goodman Gallery, 1988;
Private Collector, Toronto, purchased
through Gallery Moos, NY, 1990, for $132,000.

Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary fair January 11 - 15, 2018

Stand number PB430

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion, 825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Waterhouse & Dodd will be exhibiting a selection of modern, post-war and contemporary works, which include examples by Norman Bluhm, Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Karen Gunderson, Sol Lewitt, Henry Moore, August Muth, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-François Rauzier, Frank Stella, Tom Wesselmann.

For more information please contact Jonathan Dodd or Ray Waterhouse (+1 917 821 3131).


Thursday, January 10         5 pm - 9 pm


Friday, January 12            11 am - 7 pm

Saturday, January 13        11 am - 7 pm

Sunday, January 14           11 am - 7 pm

Monday, January 15          11 am - 6 pm