Edited by Leah Dickerman and Achim Borchardt-Hume
“Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in the gap between the two.)” ―Robert Rauschenberg
The early 1950s, when Robert Rauschenberg launched his career, was the heyday of the heroic gestural painting of Abstract Expressionism. Rauschenberg challenged this tradition, inventing new interdisciplinary models of artistic practice that shaped the decades to come. This richly illustrated catalogue reframes Rauschenberg’s widely celebrated Combines (1954–64) and silkscreen paintings (1962–64) in fresh ways. It also illuminates lesser-known periods within Rauschenberg’s career, including his work of the early 1950s and that from the late 1960s onward, now compelling and prescient to contemporary eyes.
Published to accompany the major international retrospective that opened at the Tate Modern, London, in November 2016 before traveling to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Sixteen short essays by eminent scholars and emerging new writers focus on specific moments throughout Rauschenberg’s career, exploring his creative production across an extraordinary range of media and following him on his travels around the globe. Integrating new scholarship, documentary imagery and archival materials, Robert Rauschenberg is the first comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s career in 20 years, an important contribution to American cultural and intellectual history and a necessary volume for anyone interested in contemporary art.
Paperback, 392 pages, 2016.
9.6" x 1.4" x 12"