Posted by E-Slant Team on 7/15/09
William Shearburn Gallery
665 S. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
July 3, 2009 - August 1, 2009
William Shearburn Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Robert Rauschenberg. The opening reception will be on Friday July 3, from 5 to 7pm, and will run through August 1. Driven by his passion for popular culture and rejection of the seriousness of the Abstract Expressionism, Rauschenberg explored nontraditional artistic methods and materials. In doing so he redefined the boundaries of art in the 1950s and thereafter. From his use of everyday objects such as a tire or a shoe heel in his early “combine” collages, to his transfer of newspaper and magazine photographs of current events in his two-dimensional works, Rauschenberg bridged the gap between real life and art.
The exhibition will consist of unique works and multiples. Three large works from the R.O.C.I. series (Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange, pronounced “Rocky”), are part of a pivotal body of work begun by the artist in 1985; created as a reflection of his submersion into various foreign countries and their cultures. These works employ Rauschenberg’s classic photo collage technique using a silk screen like process in which a wax pigment is heated and forced through metal screens onto steel sheets. The result is a beautiful balance of deep color saturation, and muted fields and images.
1984, Lithograph with chine colle
14 x 18 inches