Robert Rauschenberg: Combines

Robert Rauschenberg: Combines
Library Shelf Location 18.RAUS
Publication Date 2005
Description Organized by Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, Robert Rauschenberg: Combines will focus on the Combines created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade in the artist’s 50-year career. The most complete survey of these works ever mounted, the exhibition will feature close to eighty key works drawn from major collections. Poetic and lush, the Combines present layers of complex and sometimes conflicting information. This prescient approach has become increasingly relevant in the current age of cascading information, when even the most groundbreaking artists are referencing and sampling disparate elements to create new forms. The Combines suggest the fragility of definitions, the fluidity of materials, and the complexity of forms that is characteristic of Rauschenberg’s works. The artist’s handling of materials provides a precise physical evolutionary link between the painterliness of Abstract Expressionism and iconographical, subject-driven qualities of early Pop Art. The book will constitute the most complete survey of the Combines ever presented, as well as the most rigorous analysis of their political, social, autobiographical, and aesthetic significance. An introductory essay by exhibition curator Paul Schimmel titled “Reading Rauschenberg” will offer an iconographic analysis of the earlier Combines (1955–59) based on in-depth conversations with the artist. Thomas Crow will address the Combines as the major artistic statement of their time, the one body of art that could simultaneously hold its own with the leading art of older peers like de Kooning and prevail against the coming wave of Pop painting centered on the reproductive image; Branden Joseph will deal with some of the lesser known Combines and reconsider their original critical reception through the contemporary critical filter of the simulacrum; Charles F. Stuckey will trace the lineage of the Combines through early twentieth-century movements, including Surrealism and Dada; and Jean-Paul Ameline will look at the impact of the Combines on European art. The book will also feature an afterword by Pontus Hulten.
ISBN 0914357921
Quantity 1
Pages 316
Author Pontus Hulten
Format Hardcover
Publishers Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Steidl
Related Artist Robert Rauschenberg
Categories Collage/Mixed Media, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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