Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Venetian), 1973. Cardboard, string and newsprint, 62 x 97.5 x 17 in. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Museum purchase through prior gifts of Barry Tenzer and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest, 2013.
For the Hyperallergic article US Museums Acquire Nine Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Hrag Vartanian spoke with Rauschenberg Foundation Senior Curator David White about the works recently acquired through our Gift/Purchase program: “Bob [Rauschenberg] is best known for the Combines in the 1950s. By and large, at this point, almost all of them are in them are in museum collections,” White says. “What we have in the foundation are some of the works that might be less well known … but the more you’re familiar with Bob’s work, the more you see they are related to each other. It’s not about stopping [at one thing], but it’s all about openness and his celebrating materials. He was very enthusiastic. He would say that he was happiest when he was getting up and going to his studio and working.”