Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) was a Pop Art pioneer who created “combines” such as “Rebus,” which unites one-dimensional painting with three-dimensional objects. Layered with items Rauschenberg collected from the lower Manhattan streets near his studio, it also contains modern and dripped painting, along with strong color rectangles Rauschenberg said were “a record of the immediate environment and time.” He made “Rebus” flatter and sparser than his other combines to invite viewers to get closer to the work, to consider the links between words and images, beauty and ugliness, and art and non-art.
Pop Artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) strongly impacted American and European art through his imaginative experimentation with unusual techniques and materials. Born in Texas, Rauschenberg created silk screens, digital images and set designs, and revolutionized art with huge, three-dimensional “combines,” a fusion of paint and items he collected from the street. Revealing the beauty in items typically perceived as rubbish, Rauschenberg became one of Pop Art’s most influential and acclaimed figures.