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Title: Rauschenberg Exhibition Poster
Authors: Rauschenberg, Robert
Keywords: Rhodes Art Collection;Images
Issue Date: 1963
Publisher: Printed by Castelli Graphics, pub. (America, New York City, New York) ca. 1963
Memphis, Tenn. : Art Department, Rhodes College
Abstract: Robert Rauschenburg exhibition poster shows a collage of images including the Statue of Liberty. Text below the image reads "RAUSCHENBURG / October 26 - November 21, 1963 LEO CASTELLI 4 E. 77 NY." The poster is glued to a board (glue marks are showing through the poster) and covered in clear plastic. Blue pen on the back reads "RAUSCHENBURG 1966." Artist biography: Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works paved the way for the Pop Art movement. Rauschenberg is well-known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was a painter and a sculptor; the Combines employ both talents. He also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993 and became the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts in 1995 in recognition of more than 40 years of art making. Rauschenberg lived and worked in New York City and on Captiva Island, Florida until he died from heart failure on May 12, 2008. At 16, Rauschenberg was admitted to the University of Texas at Austin where he began studying pharmacy. He was drafted into the United States Navy in 1943 and served as a mental hospital technician until his discharge in 1945. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Acad?mie Julian in Paris, France, where he met painter and future wife Susan Weil. In 1948, both Rauschenberg and Weil attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Rauschenberg's work was sometimes called Neo Dadaist, a label he shared with painter Jasper Johns. He wanted to work in the gap between art and life, suggesting he questioned the distinction between art objects and everyday objects, reminiscent of issues raised by Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. By 1962, Rauschenberg's paintings were beginning to incorporate not only found objects but found images as well as photographs transferred to the canvas by means of the silkscreen process. In 1965, Life magazine commissioned him to visualize a modern Inferno in which he vented his rage at the Vietnam War. In 1951, Rauschenberg had his first one-man show at the Betty Parson's Gallery and in 1954 had a second solo exhibition at the Charles Egan Gallery. He had his first career retrospective in New York in 1936, and in 1964 he was the first American artist to win the Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale. In 1976 and 1978 a retrospective organized by the National Collection of Fine Arts traveled throughout the nation.
Description: Artwork photographed by Hannah Gysin '12, Rhodes Student Associate in the Visual Resource Center, in 2010. Artwork photographed and inventoried by Christian Wiggs '18, Rhodes Student Associate for the Visual Resources Center on June 10, 2015.
Appears in Collections:Rhodes College Collection of Art

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