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Robert Rauschenberg

(United States of America 22 Oct 1925 – 12 May 2008)

31100/ new born/ Indian river/ planters/ snow

Contemporary galleries
Further information

In 1970 Rauschenberg moved from New York to Captiva Island in Florida. Here he set out to break with his formerly urban themes, but rather than becoming interested in the natural materials in his new environment, he began to make use of commonplace cardboard boxes. Rauschenberg usually flattened out the boxes, revealing the structural elements of their original form. Occasionally colour was applied and different boxes assembled into one piece. Boxes are associated with transport and movement, as well as past function and trade. They also carry the evidence of a simple geometric logic of folding, including crosses and, sometimes – as with Rauschenberg’s 'Cardbird' series – bird-like forms.

Assemblage, Sculpture
cardboard on plywood
254.0 x 158.0 x 41.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
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