Friday, June 16, 2017

Contemporary Art: Robert Rauschenberg @ MoMa New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Robert Rauschenberg belonged to the most influential artists of 20th century. New York´s Musem of Modern Art (MoMa) has now a show called "Robert Rauschenberg Among Friends "(through september 17 2017  moma ). Rauschenberg belonged to these artists who used then innovative new materials like silkscreen-ink print. According to the press release the American had "an egalitarian approach to materials, bringing the stuff of the everyday world into his art". Some of the results you can see below.  I guess that he was very provocative & innovative in his times. Some of his works hid my taste button, they look funny & entertaining to me, some don´t.

Here are my favorites from the show, a very subjective selection as usual. On top of this post you can see "Persimmon" (1964, oil and silkscreen-ink print on canvas) followed by "Tracer" (1963,  oil and silkscreen-ink print on canvas).

Above "Retroactive I" followed by "Kite"; "Estat" & "Press" (all: oil and silkscreen-ink print on canvas).

                                                              Taxidermied Eagle


Above some of his wild compositions: The wall filling "Ace" (1962, oil, paper, cardboard, paint-can label, umbrella, doorknob, fabric, wood, nails, and metal on canvas, five panels) followed by "Rhyme" (1956, oil enamel, and spray paint, pencil, paper, fabric, and necktie on a repurposed canvas); "Canyon" (1968, oil, pencil, paper, photograph of the artist`s son, manufacturer´s tag, postcard, printed reproductions, flattened industrial metal canister, fragments of a man`s shirt, fabric-covered mirror, paint tube, wooden knob, cardboard box, and other materials on canvas, with oil on taxidermied bold eagle, wood beam, and pillow suspended by fabric) & "Winter Pool" (1959, oil, paper, fabric, wood, metal, sandpaper, tape,printed paper, printed reproductions, fragments of a man`s shirt, handkerchief, handheld wood bellows, and found painting on two canvases joined by wood ladder).

Above you can see "Sue" followed by "Female Figure" (both 1950, exposed blueprint paper)

Some of Rauschenberg´s friends`works caught my eyes as well. Above you can see "Marylin Monroe I" by James Rosenquist (1962, oil and spray enamel on canvas). At seems they had influenced each other.

Andy Warhol belonged also to Rauschenberg´s friends. Above "Gold Marilyn Monroe" (1962, silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas).


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