“Fall in love with Robert Rauschenberg, galactic master of art and life, through his worldwide collaborations.”
~Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
The artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was a breaker of boundaries and a consummate collaborator whose work anticipated the pop art movement. He brought real world images and everyday objects into the realm of abstract art, used silk-screen prints to reflect on American promise and failure, and melded sculpture and painting in works called combines. Rauschenberg designed for dance by collaborating with choreographers like Merce Cunningham, designed an album for the rock band Talking Heads, and collaborated with engineers and scientists to challenge our thinking about art. In honor of his birthday on October 22 and the release of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, edited by Sara Sinclair, we will be featuring posts about him and the new book throughout week. Fill our the form below for a chance to win a copy of the book.
Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History is a work of collaborative oral biography that weaves together interviews with key figures to recount the story of one of the twentieth century’s great artists. We follow Rauschenberg from his childhood in Texas, to the art scene in New York City during the 1950s and ’60s, to Florida’s Captiva Island through interviews with family, friends, former lovers, studio assistants, and others. It is the inaugural book in our The Columbia Oral History series, a series that will use oral history narratives to illuminate the critical stories of our times.
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