Kabal American Zephyr (1981–83/1985/1987–88)

Kabal American Zephyr is a sculptural series inspired by the work of nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, whose art Rauschenberg had seen in the exhibition The Bizarre Imagery of Yoshitoshi: The Herbert R. Cole Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1980. Yoshitoshi’s prints depict violent events in beautiful settings, creating what Rauschenberg later called a sense of “fantasy-macabre” that he sought to capture in his juxtapositions of found objects and transferred imagery derived from magazines and newspapers. Rauschenberg also appropriated some of Yoshitoshi’s titles.

Rauschenberg Chairs and Steps Sculpture
The Ancient Incident (Kabal American Zephyr)
Greyhound Nightmare (Kabal American Zephyr), 1981
Greyhound Nightmare (Kabal American Zephyr)
Solar Elephant (Kabal American Zephyr), 1982
Solar Elephant (Kabal American Zephyr)
Mercurial Yahoo Sprout (Kabal American Zephyr), 1982
Mercurial Yahoo Sprout (Kabal American Zephyr)
Pegasus’ First Visit to America in the Shade of the Flatiron Building (Kabal American Zephyr), 1982
Pegasus’ First Visit to America in the Shade of the Flatiron Building (Kabal American Zephyr)
Tire Sculpture Robert Rauschenberg
The Interloper Tries His Disguises (Kabal American Zephyr)
Global Chute (Kabal American Zephyr), 1982
Global Chute (Kabal American Zephyr)
Untitled (Kabal American Zephyr), 1983
Untitled (Kabal American Zephyr)