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Rauschenberg, Robert


color lithograph on paper, ed. 48/90

1991 Purchase by the Albert & Helen Thalheimer Fund of the Greater Kanawha Valley Fou

Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most versatile, imaginative and influential artists of his generation. In his effort to avoid traditional art making methods, Rauschenberg redefined the boundaries of art in the 1950s when he began to incorporate real objects into "combine" artworks that were both painting and sculpture. He redefined beauty by presenting discarded objects within the context of fine art.

As Pop Art emerged in the 1960s, Rauschenberg turned away from making his three-dimensional "combines" and focused on two-dimensional work. He used magazine pictures of current events to create silkscreen prints and often applied a solvent to printed paper to make a transfer drawing. In "Untitled", Rauschenberg transferred prints of familiar images to paper in a composition that mimics the way we process snippets of information in our society. His work is a commentary on life in contemporary America.