About Robert Rauschenberg - 关于罗伯特•劳森伯格


Endlessly inventive in his use of an extremely wide range of materials, Rauschenberg (1925-2008) broke new ground during a time when Abstract Expressionism dominated the American art scene in the 1950s. Robert Rauschenberg was the defining force in contemporary art for nearly sixty years, creating a wealth of art: painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and printmaking – working more varied than other artists of his time. In 1959 the artist declared: “Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in that gap between the two." Rauschenberg's sculpture-painting hybrids known as "Combines" stand as the epitome of the artist's desire to work in the gap between art and life. In this type of work, Rauschenberg affixed cast-off items, such as tires, old furniture, plastic, foils and neon, to traditional supports like paint and silkscreen.