An exhibition of the artist's new large-scale paintings from his recent ongoing series Scenarios. The Scenarios on exhibit, from 2002-2004 and measuring approximately 7 by 10 feet, illustrate commonplace scenes and objects derived from Rauschenberg's vast archive of found and self-generated imagery. The paintings reveal a variety of environments including, rural America, southern, warm climate regions, and New York City.
Robert Rauschenberg: Scenarios, an exhibition of the artist's new large-scale paintings from his recent ongoing series Scenarios, will be on view at PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York City from January 14 through February 5, 2005. A full color catalogue with an essay by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
The Scenarios on exhibit, from 2002-2004 and measuring approximately 7 by 10 feet, illustrate commonplace scenes and objects derived from Rauschenberg's vast archive of found and self-generated imagery. The paintings reveal a variety of environments including, rural America, southern, warm climate regions, and New York City.
In his discussion of Rauschenberg's photo-based, large-scale panels, Hijuelos states the Scenarios "are massive 'super' multilayered paintings that tell stories and cry out about American life; they are panoramas that have an epic quality." Through a dramatic assemblage of images, the paintings become documentary narratives that serve as a historical record of a distinct time and place in the modern world.
Robert Rauschenberg: Scenarioscoincides with the publication of Rauschenberg: Art and Life Revised and Updated Edition by Mary Lynn Kotz, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Robert Rauschenberg: Scenarios is one of six upcoming exhibitions devoted to the artist's work in 2005-2006. In Spring 2005, an exhibition of Scenarios will be on view at the Miami Art Museum from March 4 to July 3, 2005 and an exhibition of Rauschenberg's fine art posters will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from March 10 to June 19, 2005. In March 2005, the artist will be awarded the International Prize "Julio Gonzalez" for lifetime work by the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern.
The University Museum of Art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA will also present an exhibition of Scenarios from May 21 to August 31, 2005. Concurrently at UMA, an exhibition of collaborative works Rauschenberg made with Darryl Pottorf and an exhibition of photography by Christopher Rauschenberg, the artist's son, will be on view. In Summer 2005, the MusÃ©e d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain in Nice, France will present an exhibition of Rauschenberg's work that will be on view from June through November 2005.
The year concludes with a major exhibition of Rauschenberg's Combines opening The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY in December 2005. Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, the exhibition will travel to MOCA, LA, the Centre Pompidou, MusÃ©e National d'Art Moderne, Paris, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925, Port Arthur, TX) briefly attended the University of Texas and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II prior to studying art. Between the years of 1947 and 1952, Rauschenberg attended the Kansas City Art Institute, the Academie Julien in Paris, the Arts Student League in New York and studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where he formed friendships with John Cage, Merce Cunningham and David Tudor. In 1951 Rauschenberg was invited to exhibit at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City, and two years later he created what was to become his well-known Combines, works that incorporated painting and a variety of found objects. The juxtaposition of different media (lithography, painting, photography, silk-screening and sculpture) and their interplay comprise Rauschenberg's chief interests, and throughout his career his work has been marked by a sense of experimentation and whimsy. During the 1950s Rauschenberg also began his lifelong involvement and affiliation with theatre and dance, designing sets and costumes for a variety of productions worldwide.
Robert Rauschenberg's work has been the subject of numerous solo shows and retrospectives around the world including those organized by The Jewish Museum, New York (1963); Whitechapel Gallery, London (1964); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1965); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1966, 1969); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1968); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1974); National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC (and tour, 1976-7); Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin (1980) and a tour including the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen (1980) and the Tate Gallery, London (1981); Centre Pompidou, MusÃ©e National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1981); Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France (1984); the 41st Venice Biennale (1984); Fundacion Juan March, Madrid and Fundacion Joan MirÃ³, Barcelona (both 1985); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (and tour 1986-7); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1987); Whitney Museum of American Art (1990); The Menil Collection, Houston (and tour 1991-3); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (and tour 1997-9); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2002); and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (2004).
The artist's work can be found in over 70 public museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Robert Rauschenberg currently works and lives in Florida.
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Exhibition is the first of six devoted to the artist in 2005-2006
Museum shows include the Miami Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
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