Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant Garde

Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant Garde
Library Shelf Location 18.RAUS
Publication Date 09 Mar 2007
Description This title offers an examination of the artistic development of Robert Rauschenberg, focusing on his relationship with John Cage and his role in the making of the American neo-avant-garde. Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most important visual artists of the second half of the twentieth century. In "Random Order", Branden Joseph examines Rauschenberg's work in the context of the American neo-avant-garde. One of the foundations of his study is Rauschenberg's professional relationship with experimental composer John Cage. From the moment of their encounter at Black Mountain College in 1952, Joseph argues, Rauschenberg and Cage initiated a new avant-garde project, one that approached the idea of difference not in terms of negation but as a positive force. Rauschenberg's neo-avant-garde was not a simple repetition of earlier avant-garde movements, Joseph shows, but a series of practices that opposed the rise of postwar spectacle, commodification, and mass conformity. Beginning with the White Paintings, Joseph examines Rauschenberg's artistic development from 1951 to 1971. He looks at the black paintings, "Red Paintings", "Elemental Paintings" and "Elemental Sculptures", Combines and Combine paintings, transfer drawings and silkscreens, performances, and explorations in art and technology. Joseph's study not only offers new interpretations of Rauschenberg's work, but also deepens our understanding of the entire neo-avant-garde project.
ISBN 9780262600712
Quantity 1
Pages 432
Author Branden W Jospeh
Format Paperback
Publisher MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Related Artist Robert Rauschenberg
Categories Theory, Painting, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keyword Avant-garde
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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