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    Esther Sparks 40; Edward Foster 70

  • Catalogue Essay

    In his 1965 performance piece Spring Training, Rauschenberg rented thirty turtles, strapped flashlights to their shells and let them loose on a darkened stage. Afterwards he took a liking to one, named him Rocky and took him back with him to New York where he was his pet and favorite art critic for forty years.
    “…Rocky’s no dilettante. He likes art, really, it’s no joke. Each time we rehang the paintings he crawls around, stretches out his neck and sooner or later finds his favorite work. Then he just sits around it like some art critic. In fact, he’s the best one I know.” Robert Rauschenberg



Lithograph in colors, on German Copperplate paper, the full sheet,
S. 42 x 30 in. (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
signed, dated `69', inscribed `FROM ROCKY + FOR EDWARD OBKSAK -BOB 4/27/70', and numbered `HC 2/3' in pencil (an hors commerce impression, the edition was 31 and 5 artist's proofs), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York (with their blindstamp), occasional soft handling creases, minor soiling near sheet edges, time staining, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $2,500


8 June 2011 New York