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  • Quarters from the series Anagrams (A Pun) is an example of Robert Rauschenberg's unique process of transferring digital color prints with inkjet dye on polylaminate supports. "Anagram” is defined as a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another. As implied by the series' title, Rauschenberg here revels in the process of layering different source material to create a beguiling composition. In this work, the photographic imagery derives from four color photographs taken by Robert Rauschenberg in 1997. 

     

    Spain, 1997, 35mm color slide. Photo: Robert Rauschenberg, Courtesy of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York
    Robert Rauschenberg, Spain, 35mm color slide, 1997. Photograph © 2020 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Location unknown, 1997, 35mm color slide. Photo: Robert Rauschenberg, Courtesy of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 
    Robert Rauschenberg, Location Unknown, 35mm color slide, 1997. Photograph
    © 2020 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
    • Provenance

      Galerie Terminus, Munich
      Private Collection
      Phillips, London, June 29, 2009, lot 157
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Munich, Galerie Terminus, Robert Rauschenberg: Masterworks, October 4 - November 10 2005, p. 14 (exhibited as Quarters; illustrated, p. 15)

    • Literature

      Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams (A Pun), exh. cat., Galleria Lawrence Rubin, Milan, 1998, no. 9, pp. 26, 47 (illustrated, p. 27)
      Robert Rauschenberg, exh. cat., Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, exh. cat., 2006, no. 15, n.p. (illustrated)

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Quarters from the series Anagrams (A Pun)

signed and dated "RAUSCHENBERG 97" lower left
vegetable dye transfer on polylaminate
59 3/4 x 45 1/8 in. (151.7 x 114.6 cm)
Executed in 1997.

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Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $126,000

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