Japanese Recreational Clayworks (1982–83/1985/1989)

This ceramic painting series is the second group of works that Rauschenberg made at Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Company in Shigaraki, Japan, while waiting for his Japanese Clayworks (1982/1985) to be fired. For these works, Rauschenberg reworked prefabricated Japanese art ceramics that represented Western art icons, which he combined with images of contemporary Japan from his own photographs and gestural strokes of pigment.

Rauschenberg ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA II (JAPANESE RECREATIONAL CLAYWORK) 1985
Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba II (Japanese Recreational Claywork)
Untitled (Japanese Recreational Claywork), 1983
Untitled (Japanese Recreational Claywork)