If you haven’t been to our brand new website yet, check out http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org to browse hundreds of high-res images of artworks and archival materials, learn about Rauschenberg’s life and career, locate Rauschenberg works currently on view in exhibitions around the world, find out about #RRgrants opportunities, see beautiful photos from the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, find out who will be in residence for the 2014-2015 season, and so much more. Please explore!
Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of an open call for proposals for our Artist as Activist grant program: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/newsfeed/philanthropy-action
Opportunities include a two-year fellowship for artists, designers, and other creative thinkers working to address problems facing societies in the US and beyond, as well as ongoing travel and research grants for similar artists.
The Artist as Activist program is designed in response to a growing body of artists working in service of a larger social purpose. The central goal of the Artist as Activist program is to ensure such artists have the kind of flexible support required to execute ambitious creative projects intended to move the needle on the critical issues of our times. An additional call for proposals, which will support innovative efforts to address climate change, will be announced in November.
Image: Rauschenberg’s “muse wall,” a collection of objects and images that inspired him, located in his print shop, Captiva, Florida, ca. 1979. Photo: Emil Fray
This early Rauschenberg transfer drawing is now on view, along with other gems from the Whitney Museum’s collection, in the exhibition Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts, on view through October 19.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1958. Solvent transfer on paper with graphite, gouache, watercolor, and paper, 24 1/8 × 36 1/8 inches (61.6 × 91.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Friedman. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, NYC
This fall, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is partnering with Artsy.net to launch the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition. The competition is intended to foster a new generation of curators by providing online access to digital resources and collections, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, as well as to explore new curatorial perspectives, scholarship, and dialogues on art. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students around the world and will launch September 22, 2014, on Artsy.net.
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Image: Rauschenberg and curator Walter Hopps installing Rauschenberg’s “Minutiae” (1954) for his 1976 retrospective exhibition. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni, www.gianfrancogorgoni.it
"I try to use my art to communicate that you, yourself, must take responsibility for life on earth.” -Rauschenberg, 1987
Happy Earth Day!
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Earth Day, 1970. Offset lithograph. © Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA NYC
As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, MDNY artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. In a new piece for Creative Time Reports, Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.
Photos by Tattfoo Tan, 2013
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Venetian), 1973. Cardboard, string and newsprint, 62 x 97.5 x 17 in. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Museum purchase through prior gifts of Barry Tenzer and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest, 2013.
For the Hyperallergic article US Museums Acquire Nine Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Hrag Vartanian spoke with Rauschenberg Foundation Senior Curator David White about the works recently acquired through our Gift/Purchase program: “Bob [Rauschenberg] is best known for the Combines in the 1950s. By and large, at this point, almost all of them are in them are in museum collections,” White says. “What we have in the foundation are some of the works that might be less well known … but the more you’re familiar with Bob’s work, the more you see they are related to each other. It’s not about stopping [at one thing], but it’s all about openness and his celebrating materials. He was very enthusiastic. He would say that he was happiest when he was getting up and going to his studio and working.”
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA, NYC
Robert Rauschenberg, Melic Meeting (Spread), 1979.The New Orleans Museum of Art. Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, partially in honor of Dora Rauschenberg, and Museum purchase with funds provided by The Helis Foundation. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
This week we announced that six major museums across the United States have acquired nine works by Robert Rauschenberg through our Gift/Purchase Program.
This one-year program was designed to expand public access to and awareness of the artist’s work by offering museums a rare opportunity to acquire artworks from the foundation’s holdings through equal parts gift and purchase.
"When Rauschenberg’s work transferred to the foundation, we committed ourselves to ensuring the broadest access possible to his art by helping to place works in museum collections," said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. "These pieces represent the strength of Rauschenberg’s work in the 1970s and 1980s and further his legacy of artistic innovation. We could not be more pleased to have them acquired by some of America’s finest institutions."
See the list of participating museums and images of the newly-acquired works on our website.
Installation view: Shirin Neshat: Our House Is On Fire, on view at the Rauschenberg Project Space through March 1.
Art © Shirin Neshat
Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
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Above: Robert Rauschenberg, Lotus III (The Lotus Series), 2008, pigmented inkjet with photogravure, 45 3/4 x 60 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches.
"The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history." -Robert Rauschenberg
About the Artist
Robert Rauschenberg was born Milton…
Robert Rauschenberg, Pilgrim, 1960. Combine: oil, graphite, paper, printed paper, and fabric on canvas, with painted wood chair, 79 1/4 x 53 7/8 x 18 5/8 in. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NYC
See Pilgrim in Hauser & Wirth’s Re-View: Onnasch Collection, opening tonight at 511 W. 18th Street, New York. On view through April 12, 2014.