An image of Dylaby

Robert Rauschenberg

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


Not on display
Further information

In the 1950s Rauschenberg’s work took a very different direction to the abstract expressionism dominant in the United States at the time. Rauschenberg’s dada sensibility – inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s engagement with everyday life – showed him to have more in common with emerging movements in Europe. ‘Dylaby’ is typical of this sensibility. In 1962 Rauschenberg was the only American artist included in ‘Dylaby: dynamic labyrinth’, an experimental exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam based on artistic collaboration and installation works. The arrows pointing in opposite directions in ‘Dylaby’ may be Rauschenberg’s tongue-in-cheek response to the chaotic show involving such radical artists.

Sculpture, Assemblage
oil on rubber tyre and packing case timber, iron nails
62.2 x 55.9 x 33.0 cm :
a - tyre, 55 cm (21 5/8")
a - tyre, 55 cm (21 5/8")
a - tyre, 12 cm (4 3/4"), Top of tyre
a - tyre, 20 cm (7 7/8"), Bottom of tyre
b - wood panel, 59 cm (23 1/4")
b - wood panel, 35.5 cm (14")
b - wood panel, 4.5 cm (1 3/4"), Top of wooden panel
b - wood panel, 2 cm (13/16"), Majority of wooden panel
Signature & date

Signed and dated Certificate of authenticity u.c. verso, black pen "ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG/ ... 1962/ .../ ..." and c. verso, blue pen ".../ .../... 1962/ ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG".

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
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