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In the late 1950s, Robert Rauschenberg, along with Jasper Johns, laid the groundwork for the Pop Art movement and for artists such as Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist. Rauschenberg's early work ranges from performance art to something that became known as combines - paintings and occasionally sculptures that integrated discarded objects from everyday life. He also began making prints in the 1960s, going on to become an accomplished printmaker.
Robert Rauschenberg's World includes two mural-scaled, mixed-media prints on stainless steel as well as a selection of photo lithographs on paper. Dating from the 1960s and 1990s, these works represent two important periods of experimentation and innovation in Rauschenberg’s career.
On long-term loan from a private collection, the two prints on stainless steel are representative of the artist's continuing dedication to social concerns. They grew out of a six-year tour of Latin America, South America, Europe, and Asia, during which he created and exhibited works inspired by his travels and dedicated to promoting world peace and cultural awareness.
Rauschenberg’s art can be found in major collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the National Medal of Arts, the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts, and Distinguished Humanitarian Donor from Doctors Without Borders.
This exhibition is supported in part by Jim Vallion with the technical assistance of Bill Goldston and the staff of Universal Limited Art Editions. All exhibitions in this gallery have been made possible with the generous support of Malinda and Dick Fischer.