robert rauschenberg

(Port Arthur, Texas, USA 1925 – Captive Island, Florida, USA 2008) In the late 1940s, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Academie Julien in Paris, and under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, where he met John Cage and the choreographer Merce Cunningham, and took part in the production of John Cage’s Theater Piece #1. In the 1950s, he created collage works and “combine paintings,” works that incorporated painting and various objects. In the 1960s, he worked on set design for stage performances, especially of dance. In the mid-1960s, he experimented with electronics and in 1966 co-founded Experiments in Art and Technology to promote cooperation between artists and engineers. He expresses pathos in his paintings, but he is a conceptual artist, interacting with objects and the environment, more as a reporter than a creator. He enjoyed combining paintings with music and performance and using ephemeral materials, electronics, and blueprints. His work is included in virtually every important international collection of contemporary art, and he received the Grand Prize for painting in 1964 at the 32nd Venice Biennale.

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