Robert Rauschenberg - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from artist; Dr. Mark Vechsler, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Robert Rauschenberg frequently stated that he desired to work “in the gap between art & life.” This mantra grew to encompass even the materials that constructed his artworks and the distinctions between objects traditionally considered to be fine art and those of every day life were eradicated. He combined paintings and photographs with found images such as metals, tires, shoes, and stuffed animals generating his most famous series he called Combines.This unique appropriation of various different mediums in the same work of art solidified his place in art history.
    In 1986, Rauschenberg began to revisit the technique of silkscreening for the first time since 1964. Wooden Rays is part of Rauschenberg’s Galvanic Suite series which he created from 1988- 1991. During this series he silk-screened found images and his own photographs directly onto the surface of galvanized metals, providing a magnetic relationship between the work of art and the viewer.


Wooden Rays (Galvanic Suite)


Acrylic on galvanized aluminum.

48 3/4 x 36 3/4 in. (123.8 x 93.3 cm).

This work is signed and dated “Rauschenberg ‘89” lower left; numbered “89.68” on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

14 May 2009, 7pm
New York