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Description - Robert Rauschenberg by Robert S. Mattison

Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most prolific and best-known artists of the post-war period, whose work, ranging across a number of disciplines, has influenced avant-garde art since the 1950s. Rauschenberg has allowed Robert Mattison into his studio to observe the artist at work and this resulting work examines selected projects in depth so that the meaning of his art, his working procedures, and the reasons behind his various artistic choices may be better understood. The text covers the influence of urbanism on Rauschenberg's "Combine" paintings of the 1950s and explores his involvement with the "space race" during the 1960s and 1970s, relating his works to popular culture and demonstrating the development of his ideas about the peaceful exploration of space. Mattison examines Rauschenberg's extensive involvement in the performing arts, tracing his connections to avant-garde dance in America, addressing his own performances, and focusing on his work with the well-known choreographer Trisha Brown. The final chapter examines Rauschenberg's most extensive artistic undertaking, the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI). One venue of this seven-year and 11-country project was Chile, which Rauschenberg visited while the country was under the rule of the dictator, Augusto Pinochet. The author shows how in dangerous political circumstances Rauschenberg was able to execute and exhibit works critical of the government. Widely illustrated with Rauschenberg's works and photographs of the artist in performance and in the studio, the mixture of the visual arts, politics, technology, dance and urban theory, among other issues, covered in this study should make it suitable for a wide audience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300099317
ISBN-10: 0300099312
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 241mm x mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 6-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert S. Mattison

Robert S. Mattison, the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College in the United States, is the author of three books and over fifty articles and exhibition catalogues on modern art. Fascinated by the creative process and evolution of artists' ideas, he has spent time throughout his career with practising artists in order to write about them and organise exhibitions of their work.