“Robert Rauschenberg”

Data: Rauschenberg, auctions lagging behind?

Robert Rauschenberg, the rebel; Robert Rauschenberg, the die-hard experimenter. This man who worked in “the gap between art and life” and who contributed to the emergence of the concept of the “visual artist”, would leave his mark on the history of art in the second half of the 20th century. But has the market followed him? Robert Milton Ernest Rauschenberg was born on 22 October 1925 in Port Arthur, in Texas oil country. His parents, fervent Protestants, had limited means. He had a German physician grandfather who fell in love with a Cherokee Indian. At the age of sixteen, young Rauschenberg started studying pharmacy at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1943, he signed up with the US army and joined the Navy Hospital Corps in San Diego, California. Upon his discharge in 1945, he enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute before setting off for the Académie Julian in Paris. This is where he met Susan Weil, with whom he would have a son. Rauschenberg continued his studies at Black Mountain College (North Carolina), where he met Josef Albers. A stint at New York and the Art Students League, alongside Morris Kantor and Vaclav Vytlacil, gave him the opportunity to meet Knox Martin and Cy Twombly. 1952 marked a turning point in his career. While he was still a student at Black Mountain College, he took part, with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, pianist David Tudor and Jay Watt, in the Untitled Event, also known as Theatre Piece N°.1, often referred to as the first happening by historians. In the same year, he travelled across Europe and North Africa with his lover Cy Twombly. At the start of the 1950s when the United States was under the thrall of abstract expressionism, Robert Rauschenberg had already started to incorporate...

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Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles for sale at Thaddaeus Ropac

The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, along with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, is selling Marcel Duchamp’s well-known Porte-bouteilles from 1959. The gallery will be making sure to place this piece in a museum collection. This emblematic work is being shown in the gallery’s Marais space along with a selection of works by the French artist and archive documents. The exhibition (October 20 to January 14) coincides with the 100th anniversary of the term “ready-made”, used by the artist in a letter to his sister Suzanne in 1916. An illustrated catalogue will also be published, with new texts by Cécile Debray, curator of the modern collections at the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Paul B. Franklin, head editor of the journal Étant donné Marcel Duchamp. Robert Rauschenberg met Duchamp in 1953 at the Stable Gallery in New York. In 1959, both artists took part in a collective exhibition called “Art and the Found Object” at the Time-Life Reception Centre in New York. Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles, originally purchased at the Grand Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris by Man Ray after he had lost his 1930s version, was sent to the United States, and bought by Rauschenberg at that...

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Pace Gallery presents Robert Rauschenberg Exhibition

The Pace Gallery, New York, presents Robert Rauschenberg’s exhibition which examine his Anagram,  Arcadian Retreat and Anagram (A Pun) series, opening 23 October until 12 December 2015. The works exhibited were created in the mid-1990s, the fundamental period when Rauschenberg developed and perfected his new technique of combining dye transfer with novel materials including plaster, large-scale paper and polylaminate panels. Rauschenberg sought to test existing limits of art in his practice, blurring media distinctions and ultimately the boundaries between art and life. He consistently re-evaluated his approach to materials and techniques and his improvisational methods subverted the established frameworks of modernism. The series highlights the significance of innovation in Rauschenberg’s work and specifically draws upon his early screen print and image transfer works of the 50s and 60s. These works were categorised by the beginning of a water-soluble inkjet dye transfer process that gave him greater flexibility in the scale of his paintings and recalls the process of his work from 60s and 80s. This process produced an aqueous and fluid appearance, blurring the crisp edges of his photographs and bound by the limitations of the mechanical production of printing screens. Most of the artwork comes from Rauschenberg’s personal collection which now make up the holdings of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. A catalogue with an essay by art historian Jonathan Fineberg will also accompany the exhibition....

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Robert Rauschenberg’s trustees awarded $24.6 million

On Friday 1 August 2014, the controversial trial between the trustees of Robert Rauschenberg’s estate and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, came to a head in Florida, United States. After many months of legal proceedings, a judge decreed that $24.6 million is to be awarded to the three trustees — all friends of the late artist. Having helped to establish the Foundation in 1994, the trustees initially demanded $60 million in compensation for their work at the institution. The Foundation countered with an offer of $375,000 to be split between the three; which they considered sufficient payment. Christopher Rauschenberg — the artist’s son and head of the Foundation — expressed his disappointment at the decision: “As we have said all along, we believe this case is a simple matter of evaluating the value of the services by the trustees, which we consider to be modest and not meriting an amount of this magnitude.” It is estimated that the Foundation spent $773,000 on legal bills, with the trial itself costing even more. Speaking to artnet News, Rauschenberg stated that the institution was looking forward to putting the matter behind them and “get back to our good work at the intersection of art and...

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Rauschenberg trial awaits verdict

The Rauschenberg trial — an ongoing feud since 2011 — finally awaits verdict. Instigated by the three trustees of the Robert Rauschenberg Revocable Trust, who demanded $60 million in compensation for their “extraordinary services” to the trust, it has been counteracted by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which has stated that a payment of around $375,000 would be more suitable. Upon his death in 2008, the artist Robert Rauschenberg left his will to a trust overseen by three friends: his accountant, Bennet Grutman; the executor of his will, Darryl Pottorf; and his publishing partner, Bill Goldston. The three trustees — who have already awarded themselves $1.9 million each — claim to have raised the trust’s worth from $600 million to $2.2 billion. This figure has been heavily contested. According to Bloomberg News, the trust was worth $326 million when it was transferred to the foundation 2012. The artist’s son and president of the foundation, Christopher Rauschenberg, recently gave evidence in court that the estate’s anticipated value this year is to be $550m. The trial nears...

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