New York City: Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) The late American artist currently has 2 shows in New York City! The much anticipated exhibit Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at The Museum of Modern Art (through September 17) is a delight for anyone who admires his work. Over 250 works including collage, paintings, prints, sculptures, readymades and combines spanning his career of 6 decade. I plan on returning to see it again and again. The breadth of work from a single artist is in itself truly amazing. Also included in the show is the work of many of his artist friends who all had an influence on each other, including the famous Erased de Kooning and pieces by Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly.
And yet there’s still so much more. Robert Rauschenberg: Rookery Mounds, presented by Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl Gallery (through September 30) is a much smaller exhibit but equally satisfying. It includes a series of 11 lithographs that Rauschenberg created using his own photographs rather than utilizing “found images” as he had in the past. The reason for this switch came as a result of a lawsuit. He had taken many photos in the past and later stated “I became addicted to photography again. The camera heightened my desire to look.” This collection illustrates one of the possible ways of exploring photographic possibilities that Curious Frame is an advocate of.