The Gap In Between
 
Monogram detail
"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in that gap between the two." - Robert Rauschenberg
 
 

Robert Rauschenberg. Monogram detail. 1955 - 1959.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Influenced by John Cage's idea that art should "unfocus" the spectator's mind

Erased De Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg.  Erased De Kooning.  1953.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neo Dada = style of art which reinvestigates Dada's use of irony, found objects and banal activities as instruments of social and aesthetic critique

Target with Plaster Casts

Jasper Johns. Target with Plaster Casts. 1955.

 
Characteristics of Neo-Dada works:
Use of modern, everyday materials and popular imagery
Absurdist contrast
Denial of traditional concepts of aesthetics and beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Junk Sculpture"
 

Louise Nevelson. Sky Cathedral. 1958.
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and
Harry N. Abrams, 2005.
John Chamberlain. Miss Lucy Pink. 1963.
Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner's Art Through the Ages. Twelfth ed. Vol. 1. Fort Worth:
Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2005. 2 vols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bed
 
Robert Rauschenberg. Bed. 1955.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leda and the Swan
Robert Rauschenberg. Bed. 1955.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.
Cy Twombly. Leda and the Swan. 1962.
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t311/duditty/twombly_ledaandtheswan1962.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monogram

Robert Rauschenberg. Monogram. 1955 - 1959.
http://digitalimaging.wikispaces.com/file/view/rauschenberg_monogram_1955-59.jpg/58784838/800x633/rauschenberg_monogram_1955-59.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monogram =a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name
examples of mongrams
 
combine = a work (typically associated with Robert Rauschenberg) that combines ordinary objects and collage materials with abstract expressionist brushwork in new, unexpected ways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monogram back

Robert Rauschenberg. Monogram (back). 1955 - 1959.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man with the White Shoes

Man with the White Shoes

Robert Rauschenberg. Untitled
(Man with the white shoes) Front view. 1954.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.
Robert Rauschenberg. Untitled
(Man with the white shoes) Back view. 1954.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man with the White Shoes

Man with the White Shoes

Robert Rauschenberg. Untitled (Man with the white shoes). (inside reflection)  1954.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.
Robert Rauschenberg. Untitled (Man with the white shoes). (detail of back) 1954.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Though not visible in this image, the area between the wooden post and the rooster (a white Leghorn, or Plymouth Rock?) actually has four sides. Most of the images on these four surfaces are of women, including photographs of the artist's mother and sister. You know, between the title about female slaves, the girly pinups and the male chicken, one might be tempted to ponder on cryptic messages in here about gender and roles." - About.com http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/rauschenberg_combines/rrc_08.htm
Odalisk
 
Camp Iconography and Gender Performance
Robert Rauschenberg. Odalisk. 1955 - 1958.
http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/K/S/rrc_08.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odalisk word play:

Odalisk

Odalisque = a female slave or concubine who tends to
the harem of the Turkish sultan
Obelisk = tall, thin, four-sided, tapering monument
which ends in a pyramidal top

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres. Grand Odalisque. 1814.
Robert Rauschenberg. Odalisk. 1955 - 58.
http://coursecontent.westhillscollege.com/Art%20Images/CD_06/highres/MR05050S.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rauschenberg. Canyon. 1959.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5dtckxBc9q4/SCnbQBhJedI/AAAAAAAAAOo/UrCy9xRIeLo/s1600-h/RAUSCHENBERG-Canyon-59.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyon

Canyon detail

Robert Rauschenberg. Canyon. 1959.
Rauschenberg, Robert .  Robert Rauschenberg: Combines.  Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005.
Robert Rauschenberg. Canyon. 1959.
Denise Johnson .  Canyon on view at the Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008.
Rembrandt Van Rijn. The Abduction of Ganymede. 1635.
http://www.garyschwartzarthistorian.nl/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/images/Br471GanymedeCarriedOffByJupiter1635DresdenAfterW.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rauschenberg. Monogram. 1955 - 1959.
http://studentsites.expression.edu/~lmw/LMW1/LEC_1_COLLAGE/NEW_COLLAGE_LEC_%20IMAGES/ROBERT%20RAUSCHENBERG/rrc_09.jpg