Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rauschenberg working on a solvent transfer drawing in his Front Street studio, New York, 1958. Work in background is Untitled (1955). Photo by Jasper Johns (detail)



A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.


Installation view of “Trojan Wedge (Scale)” (1977) and “Solar Tribute Jr. (Spread)” (1978) in Robert Rauschenberg’s studio in Captiva, Florida, undated.

Installation view of Trojan Wedge (Scale) (1977) and Solar Tribute Jr. (Spread) (1978) in Robert Rauschenberg’s studio in Captiva, Florida, undated. Photograph Collection. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, New York; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 2023

Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads and Scales at Gladstone Gallery New York, May 3–June 17, 2023

Gladstone is pleased to present an exhibition of Spreads and Scales by Robert Rauschenberg, the first show to highlight these related series in New York for more than 40 years.
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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Elects Michelle Coffey and Peter Kraus to Board of Directors and Appoints Karen Sutton as Interim Chief Operating Officer

New York, NY - The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce that Michelle Coffey and Peter Kraus have been elected to its Board of Directors, at the same time as it has appointed Karen Sutton to be its Interim Chief Operating Officer. 

“The Foundation is honored to welcome Michelle...

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Kathy Halbreich. Photo: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Future Plans

Dear Friends,

Before the news becomes public, I wanted you to know that I will be stepping aside this May as Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. I do so with a profound sense of satisfaction in what has been collectively achieved as well as a deep belief that a new...

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Art & Archives

Working in a wide range of materials, techniques, and disciplines, Rauschenberg is celebrated as a forerunner for nearly every art movement since Abstract Expressionism. Become acquainted with Rauschenberg's art and life through highlights from his career and the Foundation's archives.

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Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released thirty-three oral histories to the public.

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.  

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation supports programs for artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation hosts residencies at the Foundation’s New York headquarters and at the artist’s former Captiva, Florida home and studio. These residencies are designed to provide time and space for research and artistic experimentation across the disciplines.

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Mission and Vision

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2012 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg through scholarship, grants, and a residency program.