Rauschenberg working on Lilac Role (Anagram (A Pun)), 1997, Captiva Drive studio, Captiva, FL. Photographed by George Holzer Image via Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Rauschenberg working on Lilac Role (Anagram (A Pun)), 1997, Captiva Drive studio, Captiva, FL. Photographed by George Holzer
Image via Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Rauschenberg is best remembered for his works which narrowed the gap between Abstract Expresionism and Pop art. His most famous artworks feature icons of American culture and history, including president John F. Kennedy.

Early on in his career, Rauschenberg was drafted into the U.S. Navy. After this, he studied in Paris and travelled around Europe and North Africa.

lf-2 Robert Rauschenberg, Bellini #5, 1989. Intaglio in colors on Arches paper.
On sale at Heritage

In 1953, Rauschenberg moved to New York where he completed his series of black paintings, for which he used newspaper and he also worked on his stone and wood sculptures. He used items he found from the streets of New York for this series, which included tissue paper and dirt. Automobile Tire Print, 1953 and Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953 were featured in this series. Following these works, Rauschenberg worked on the Red Painting Series, a continuation and growth of his work which involved finding objects on the street. His most iconic works from this series featured a stuffed eagle and a goat, a pillow and street signs.

Robert Rauschenberg, Storyline III, from Reels (B+C) , 1968 On sale at Phillips Robert Rauschenberg,
Storyline III, from Reels (B+C) , 1968
On sale at Phillips

Later in that year, Rauschenberg met Jasper Johns. Together the artist reacted against Abstract Expressionism and became the 20th century's most influential artists working in this style. In their neighboring studios they discussed their work until 1961.

Pace Gallery, New York, is celebrating Rauschenberg's birthday with a show of rarely seen works. Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun) features around 25 pieces from the artist's later series (from 1996-98.) As well as inkjet dye and pigment transfers on polylaminate, paper and fabric and frescoes, video footage of the artist working during these years will also be shown in the gallery.

Around 20 works in the exhibition belong to the foundation and the sale of them will support the foundation and its residency programme.

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Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun) will run from 23 October-12 December at Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York.

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