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Sense títol, 1972

Untitled, 1972
A member of the Beat Generation, in the 1950s Rauschenberg became interested in collage and assemblage, which he discovered together with Cy Twombly and guided by an interest in Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell. After experimenting with their many possibilities, in the seventies he began to incorporate simple materials such as cardboard, packing tape and rubber. With its deliberately ‘poor’ apperarance, his work Untitled escapes any formal rhetoric. The technical procedure of assemblage not only serves to put different materials in dialogue, but also proposes a visual vindication of the objects. The residual aesthetic of this work contains a direct critique of capitalism and its circular system of production-consumption-rejection.

Technical details

Original title:
Sense títol
Registration number:
0039
Artist:
Rauschenberg, Robert
Date created:
1972
Date acquired:
1988
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Sculpture
Media:
Assamblage on wood
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Robert Rauschenberg, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
Yes

Accessibility resources
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I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life
Jean-Michel Basquiat