Robert Rauschenberg: Five Decades from the Whitney’s Collection

Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), Primary Mobiloid Glut, 1988, from the series Gluts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President, by exchange 2014.304 © Robert Ra

Presenting a concise survey of the radical work of Robert Rauschenberg, this exhibition traces the arc of the artist’s career, from the 1950s to the 1990s, through his pioneering use of media and imagery from popular culture. Rauschenberg manipulated everyday objects in his Combines and subsequently created hybrid works that combined painting, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. The Norton is pleased to present key examples from five decades of his career, exemplifying his unconventional approach to materials and the creative process, one that has profoundly influenced younger generations of artists. The exhibition is organized around the transformative acquisitions the Whitney has made as a result of the vision and generosity of Leonard A. Lauder, as well as works that have been given to the Museum by Emily Fisher Landau and Barbara and Richard S. Lane.

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Additionally, the exhibition was organized around the transformative acquisitions the Whitney Museum of American Art has made as a result of the vision and generosity of Leonard A. Lauder, as well as works that have been given to the Whitney by Emily Fisher Landau and Barbara and Richard S. Lane, and the generous support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

It was made possible at the Norton by the generosity of the Judy and Stanley Katz Family Foundation, with additional support provided by the Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art and the Diane Belfer Endowment for Sculpture.

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