Six decades of work from Robert Rauschenberg are on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, demonstrating his unrestricted approach to the use of materials. Among Friends brings together more than 250 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and sound and video recordings. The exhibit is organized somewhat like a map, detailing Rauschenberg’s collaboration with artists as they became a part of his creative life. With these partnerships, he was able to invent new interdisciplinary modes of artistic practice, many of which set the course for art of the present day.
Rauschenberg’s egalitarian approach to materials challenged the traditions of his time, bringing objects of the everyday world into his art in a multitude of ways. From riveted street signs melded together with metal scraps to cardboard boxes encrusted with sand, Rauschenberg sought to incorporate the elements around him in constructing his pieces. He traveled around the globe, gaining both insights and inspirations for unique and varied forms of creative expression for decades. Rauschenberg’s artistic exchanges throughout his career had obvious impacts on the work he produced, making the exhibit an enjoyable exploration of such an influential figure.
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Written by Camron Intern Erin Williams.
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"By including two fans - which were originally functional - in this work, Rauschenberg was exploring the way a painting can affect the space it occupies. He would later describe he fans as "a way of keeping [the painting] fresh and in constant relation to the atmosphere of the room." Rauschenberg incorporated increasingly unwieldy everyday objects into his paintings and as a result they became, in his words, "awkward physically," reaching into the space of the room." Robert Rauschenberg, Pantomime, 1961, oil, enamel paper, fabric, wood, metal, rubber wheel and electric fans on canvas. #robertrauschenberg #moma #amongfriends #modernart #modernpainting