DAILY PIC: This shot, titled “Charleston Street”, was taken in 1952 by Robert Rauschenberg and is on view for a view more days in a show of his photos at Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York. There’s something about the way shapes crawl across the surface of this single image that reminds me of how Rauschenberg composed his composite works. Also, because the walking figures are a bit blurred by their motion, the details of their clothing get evened out into areas of more uniform tone – again, like some of the printmaking artifacts that Rauschenberg went on to play with. And of course this photo gives us a preview of Rauschenberg’s lifelong commitment to demotic American life: Note the man drinking inside the bar, and the fact that the dive is called Dixie. (© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York)
Robert Rauschenberg in his Front Street studio, New York, with three transfer drawings, 1958. Photograph by Jasper Johns. Courtesy Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rauschenberg was born Milton Ernest Rauschenberg on October 22, 1925, in Port Arthur, Texas. In honor of his birthday today, we shared an album of portraits from throughout his life on our Facebook page: page: http://on.fb.me/1a4MXo1
Photographs at austin360.com show the process of painting a 35-foot dead cedar elm tree to be placed in Lady Bird Lake in Austin as part of Women & Their Work Gallery’s public art installation, THIRST. Pictured above: the root ball, which will be re-attached to the tree and appear to hover just over the surface of the lake. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/Austin American-Statesman
The tree in Lady Bird Lake and the 14,000 prayer flags that will loop for 2.5 miles between the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and the 1st Street Bridge comprise THIRST, on view from September 28th until December 20th, 2013. THIRST encourages an exchange of ideas about the impact that a scarcity of water will have on Austin, on Texas, and beyond, as well as memorializes the loss of 300 million trees that died in Texas in the drought of 2011.
THIRST is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.
See more at http://thirstart.org
Robert Rauschenberg’s Quiet House—Black Mountain (pictured here) was taken by the artist when he was in his early twenties, just beginning his journey as an artist. In our newly-launched online Rauschenberg Research Project, you can learn more about this early photograph and explore related materials, photographs, and museum documents.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, “Quiet House—Black Mountain”, 1949; printed 1981; Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper—Studio N.Y.C., 1958; photograph; gelatin silver print
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
In honor of Jasper Johns’ birthday today.
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Cy with his artwork, Rauschenberg’s Fulton Street studio (II)], 1954
Happy birthday, Cy Twombly.
Learn more about Twombly’s sculptures: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/some-notes-on-words-and-things-cy-twomblys-sculptural-practice
Trude Guermonprez, Ingeborg Svarc Lauterstein, dressed as a centaur or unicorn, and Robert Rauschenberg, students at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, ca. 1948-1949 via bremser
Happy Halloween! (though Rauschenberg technically made this costume for Mardi Gras, maybe it will give you some Halloween inspiration today)
Barry Underwood, Tesla, 2012, pigment print mounted on Dibond. Commissioned by MOCA Cleveland.
Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg Combine Materials Fulton St. Studio (New York), 1954. Color dry-print. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles recently announced its acquisition of 29 Twombly photographs, including this great image from Rauschenberg’s studio in 1954.
Robert Rauschenberg, Cy + Roman Steps (I, II, III, IV, V), 1952. Suite of 5 gelatin silver prints. (click through photoset for optimal viewing experience)
In conjunction with a Cy Twombly exhibition at Gagosian Gallery Britannia Street, Robert Rauschenberg’s photographs of Twombly are now on view in Gagosian’s additional London gallery at 17-19 Davies Street.
John Cage would have been a hundred years old tomorrow. Scratch that: Cage is a hundred. He remains a palpably vivid presence, still provoking thought, still spurring argument, still spreading sublime mischief. He may have surpassed Stravinsky as the most widely cited, the most famous and/or notorious, of twentieth-century composers. His influence extends far outside classical music, into contemporary art and pop culture…
Click-through to continue reading Alex Ross on The John Cage Century: http://nyr.kr/R3iv43
Photograph by Vincent Mentzel 1988/Hollandse Hoogte/Redux.
It’s impossible to choose just one thing to share today for John Cage’s 100th birthday, so we’ll be posting links all day on Facebook. Stop by our page and share your favorites!