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© Robert Rauschenberg/Untitled Press, Inc./Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Robert Rauschenberg
1925 - 2008
United States Monogram, 1955-1959
Oil on canvas, printed paper, textile, paper, metal sign, wood, rubber shoe heel, tennisball, taxidermied angora goat with paint and painted rubber tire
Yttermått: 106,5 x 160,6 x 163,5 cm (41 15/16 x 63 1/4 x 64 3/8 in.)
Sculptures, Paintings
Purchase 1965 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NMSK 1963 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Monogram is one of the works Robert Rauschenberg called “combines”, a kind of hybrid form of painting and sculpture. He found the angora goat in a store for second-hand office furniture. Rauschenberg often used stuffed animals in his combines, giving them a second life. In the collage-like painting under the goat, he has explored the relationship between the horizontal surface and the viewer’s bird’s eye perspective. An astronaut looks up at the sky, and a funambulist walks on a slack rope across an abyss. A baby’s footprint seems to signify a human being’s first painterly gesture. The work was named after the way the horned billy-goat and the car tyre intertwine, like the letters of a monogram.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
- Exhibition catalogues
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