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Image of CROPS SERIES - Cactus 29746
2015.39.c

Artist

Robert Rauschenberg

Title

CROPS SERIES - Cactus

Creation Date

1973

Century

mid-20th century

Dimensions

59 1/2 x 36 5/8 in. (151.13 x 93.03 cm)

Object Type

print

Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

solvent transfer multiple on paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

Copyright

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Accession Number

2015.39.c
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.