Robert Rauschenberg “The Fulton Street Studio”

Craig F. Starr Associates

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The exhibition focuses on a particularly vital and productive moment in Robert Rauschenberg’s career. Between the spring of 1953 and the end of 1954, he occupied a studio on Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan, where he produced some of his most varied and radical work: his last series of black paintings; his Elemental Sculptures and paintings; a suite of Gold Paintings; and a series of Red Paintings. At Rauschenberg began his black paintings at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and he revisited and reworked them while at Fulton Street. Like the White Lead Paintings, Gold Paintings, and Red Paintings, these works are examples of Rauschenberg’s intense investigation into the concrete nature of his materials. The Elemental Sculptures similarly examine the fundamental practices of sculpture. Rauschenberg considered all of these works to be “visual experiences” and “not Art.” His experimentation with the stripping down and building up of collaged surfaces would ultimately lead Rauschenberg to create his earliest “combines,” including Small Red Painting, c. 1954, which will be on view. With the combines, Rauschenberg incorporated materials from everyday life into the rich compositions of his previous series, transforming newspapers, clothing, and other ephemera into a new, groundbreaking kind of art.



from April 04, 2014 to May 23, 2014

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