Beach House

Rauschenberg purchased the Beach House, his first property on Captiva Island, on July 26, 1968. However, the property did not become his permanent residence until the fall of 1970. Rauschenberg enclosed the ground level of the home, which was originally open air, and added sliding doors that opened directly onto the sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico. The space served as his first studio in Captiva. Rauschenberg created his Cardboard series there, using the abundant supply of cardboard boxes from the move as his primary material. Upstairs, the living space had white walls and minimal white furnishings. Rauschenberg lived in the Beach House until 1990, when he moved into his new home built on the adjacent beachfront lot.

Due to beach restoration, the lower level of the Beach House no longer has sliding doors. It is now used as a resident house upstairs and three multi-use studios downstairs. 

 

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Rauschenberg in Captiva

Beach House, photo by Laurie Lambrecht, 2013

View of the Beach House from the Gulf of Mexico, 2013. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht

Beach House

Rauschenberg’s beach house, Captiva, Florida, ca. 1971. Photo: Robert Petersen

Rauschenberg in his Captiva home

Rauschenberg in the Beach House. Work in background is Tropicana Channel (Cardboard), 1971. Photo: Hans Namuth © 1991 Hans Namuth Estate

Rauschenberg Boxes

Rauschenberg working on his Cardboard series, Captiva, Florida, 1971. Photo: Hans Namuth © 1991 Hans Namuth Estate

Margaret Williams, Victoria Marks and Willy Souly record a film in the Beach Studio, 2016. Photo: Mark Poucher

Mark Poucher - R22 - Beach House - 2016

I Nyoman Catra leads the artists of Residency #22 in traditional Balinese singing, 2016. Photo: Mark Poucher

Mark Poucher Senga Nengudi in Beach Studio 2017

Senga Nengudi installs a sculptural piece in the Beach Studio, 2017. Photo: Mark Poucher

Laurie Lambrecht Beach House R3

Residency 3 artists watch the sunset on the porch of the Beach House, 2014. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht

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