Beyond his own critically acclaimed and highly sought after multi-media works, Robert Rauschenberg's unrelenting pursuit of an array of creative mediums from collage and assemblage to printmaking, performance, composition, and dance remains only a part of what made him a sage of the 20th century art world.
Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, 1967, Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 14 x 10 1/4 inches, © Andy Warhol. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever. Collection of the Robert Rauschenberg Revocable Trust
More so, Rauschenberg's own unrelenting enthusiasm for and genuine curiosity about the work of his colleagues made him such a driving force in the history of American art. From his tenure at Black Mountain College under the tutelage of Josef Albers and dance collaborations with Cunningham and Cage to pivotal works like the ever-changing "1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece," which he worked on for upwards of two decades, or his BMW collaboration from 1986, Rauschenberg felt compelled to participate in all that could be construed as art during the second half of century.
In conjunction with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Gagosian Gallery has selected a group of works from the artist's own collection including but not limited to installations, sculptures, scores, paintings, and drawings by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, John Cage, John Chamberlain, Merce Cunningham, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Jean Tinguely, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Susan Weil, David Byrne, Robert Mapplethorpe, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, and Ed Ruscha, among others.
The collection on display represents a labor of love, a series of individual works adapted and acquired from those artists that Rauschenberg found most stimulating and worth drawing upon in his own unique practice.
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1953, Oil based house paint and wax crayon on canvas, 52 1/8 x 52 1/8 inches, Cy Twombly. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever. Collection of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
The Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg is on exhibition at Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison) from November 3-December 23, 2001.