ART EXPLAINED | Robert Rauschenberg Monogram at Tate Modern
Art Explained – Robert Rauschenberg Monogram 1955 – 59 coverage by Sarah Phillips, Lecturer Art History and Visual Culture at Tate Modern.
Monogram is a classic example of one of the artist’s famous Combines. These works were hybrids between painting and a sculpture which Rauschenberg developed in the 1950s and which were arguably his greatest achievement. Made when the artist was barely in his 30s, they marked a clear break with an older generation of abstract expressionist painters such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, who had, up to that point, critically dominated US art.
Robert Rauschenberg blazed a new trail for art in the second half of the twentieth century. Moving between painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, technology, stage design and performance, he refused to accept conventional boundaries in art and in life.
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