Erasing the Rules
November 18, 2017–March 25, 2018
From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. More than 150 of Rauschenberg’s artworks, including prints, sculptures, paintings, and Combines (works that incorporate painting and sculpture), will be on view in the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, celebrating the artist’s continual experimentation with materials and collaborative working processes. The exhibition demonstrates how, with razor-sharp humor and intelligence, Rauschenberg broke down boundaries between disciplines, anticipated many of the defining cultural and social issues of our time, and redefined what art could be for the generations of artists who followed.
Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules is organized by Tate Modern, London, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The San Francisco presentation is dedicated to the memory of Phyllis Wattis, whose vision and support provided the groundwork for the exhibition.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954//1955, collection SFMOMA, gift Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation