Statement on art and obscenity, 1989

Rauschenberg’s handwritten draft of a statement on art and obscenity, first published in Robin Cembalest, Bridgid Grauman, and Kelli Pryor. “What Is Pornography?” Artnews 88, no. 8, October 1989, pp. 138–43. “What Is Pornography?” was compiled by Artnews editors following the Corcoran Gallery’s cancellation of an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs in June 1988 and a subsequent proposal by Senator Jesse Helms to bar federal support for “obscene or indecent art”

Manuscript, 2 pages

Creator: Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg Archival Note