Robert Rauschenberg

Soviet American Array VI, 1990

Intaglio in 16 colors on Saunders paper
Publishers seal embossed lower left corner from an edition of 59. Signed and numbered.
88 1/2 x 52 inches (224.8 x 132.1 cm.)
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Provenance:
Private Collection
Location:
USA
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$44,500

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American painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg pioneered the use of nontraditional materials in the creation of artwork, incorporating three-dimensional everyday objects and printed matter such as photographs and newspaper excerpts. Those highly-acclaimed and disruptive ‘Combines’ resulted in the progressive blend of painting and sculpture, questioning the distinction between fine art and readymade objects. Although primarily a painter and sculptor, Robert also worked with printmaking, photography and performance throughout his six-decade spanning career. To him we owe the foundations of what would be later called conceptual art, based on his ‘Neo-Dadaist’ belief that it was at the artist’s own discretion to define art.

Created during the fall of communism, Rauschenberg’s Soviet American Array series blends US and Soviet imagery and visual cues. Rendered in vibrant and pop hues, this work examines the tensions, differences and similarities between two of the world’s preeminent superpowers and enemies. Rauschenberg’s pieces remained a far-reaching influence for later modern artists, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, well beyond his lifetime.

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