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Image of Quarry

Robert Rauschenberg
American, 1925–2008



Object Type: Print
33 1/4 in. x 24 7/8 in. (84.46 cm x 63.18 cm)
Medium and Support: Photo-offset lithograph on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0003.0006

Credit Line: Gift of Lila Franco in memory of her husband, Ralph Franco
Copyright: © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

As an artist, Robert Rauschenberg came to prominence in the 1950s with his inventive break from abstract expressionism. Rauschenberg's combine paintings melded painting and sculpture by incorporating real objects into the picture plane as a way to bridge art and life. His body of work foreshadowed Pop Art's elevation of the mundane and the wide use of mass-produced imagery.

In the 1960s, Robert Rauschenberg was one of the first artists to demonstrate the newfound vitality of the national printmaking scene. Already well known for his visual vocabulary of familiar, everyday objects in paintings and sculpture, Rauschenberg created a new visual vocabulary of photographic images through the advanced printing technology of photo-lithography. Complex montages communicate relationships among disparate images of celebrated and ordinary objects while avoiding any sense of narrative. Rather than telling a story, the images are choreographed to resonate in the mind of the viewer, perhaps to stir a memory or recollection.

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