Poise, 1991 - Robert Rauschenberg
About the Work
Featuring areas of brushy color and an overlay of a dancer's legs, Poise showcases Rauschenberg's characteristic juxtapositions of disparate elements and reflects the significance of his many collaborations with dancers and choreographers, most notably Merce Cunningham.
About the Artist
About Robert Rauschenberg
Rauschenberg's enthusiasm for popular culture and his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. He found his signature mode by embracing materials traditionally outside of the artist's reach. He would cover a canvas with house paint, or ink the wheel of a car and run it over paper to create a drawing, while demonstrating rigor and concern for formal painting. By 1958, at the time of his first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, his work had moved from abstract painting to drawings such as Erased De Kooning (1953) (which was exactly as it sounds) to what he termed "combines." These combines (meant to express both the finding and forming of combinations in three-dimensional collage) cemented his place in art history.Read Less
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