TitleCROPS SERIES - Cactus
Medium & Supportsolvent transfer multiple on paper
Dimensions59 1/2 x 36 5/8 in. (151.13 x 93.03 cm)
Credit LineMuseum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
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This selection from a series of five illustrates the artist’s innovative hybrid approach to image making, which combined original and found materials. Celebrated by the art historian Leo Steinberg for developing a “flatbed picture plane,” which served as a site for gathering diverse and otherwise unrelated images, Rauschenberg often ingeniously integrated newsprint and references to popular culture to create powerfully suggestive works. In this instance, Rauschenberg’s title for the series suggests a pun, playing off of the “Crops” harvested from the ground in southern Florida, where the artist maintained a residence, and the “crops” made to create pictorial compositions.
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