Thursday, April 25, 2013


One of my favorite post-modern artists is Robert Rauschenberg. Mrs. Quinet mentioned him briefly in class today, but didn't show any of his work. Rauschenberg is a Texan born artist that was drafted into the Navy where he worked as a neuropsychiatric technician. Later, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute and began his artistic career. He is famous for his paintings and "Combines", in which he arranges found objects to form installation pieces. He worked in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture and even performance. He has been deemed by some critics as a "neo-dadist". Personally, I love his work, especially those that involves image transfer. He was a pioneer of 20th century collage and mixed media pieces. I think his stuff is beautiful, intriguing and inspiring.
Here's a video with some of his work. I have no idea why Here Comes the Sun is playing in the background. It seems extremely inappropriate. But just mute it.

1 comment:

wkuehne said...

Rauschenberg is mentioned in Fleming. His Monogram (the piece with a goat stuck in what looks like a can) is on page 619. When I first saw his piece in the book, I found it a little too avant garde. Now that I've seen some of his other work, and have taken a second look at Monogram, Rauschenberg's style is more appealing. I really like his painting that incorporates a chair. It seems to be more closely related to traditional artwork than the other chair piece Mrs. Quinet showed us, which asks the viewer to redefine a chair. He seems to combine Rothko's attachment to color to portray emotion and Nevelson's use of ordinary material (essentially trash) as a medium.