Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008)

Robert Rauschenberg was a defining force in contemporary art for nearly sixty years, creating a wealth of art (painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and printmaking) more varied than that of many artist of the twentieth or twenty-first centuries.  For him, painting entailed not only using a brush, but also silkscreening, collaging, transferring, and imprinting, and he did so on the widest array of materials from canvas, board, and fabric to sheet metal, Plexiglas, plaster, and paper. He has been called a forerunner of many postwar American art movement since Abstract Expressionism, however, he remained fiercely independent from any particular affiliation throughout his protean life.

Robert Rauschenberg with "Navigator (1962)," ca. 1962.

Photo attributed to Steve Paxton © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA. All rights reserved.