The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation recently announced that six major American museums will acquire nine works by the legendary artist, and a handful of them are in New York City. Says Randy Kennedy for The New York Times, “for many years after his groundbreaking pieces of the 1950s and ‘60s, the art world paid a lot less attention to [Robert Rauschenberg], and several bodies of his work from the 1970s and ‘80s have remained relatively unknown to American museumgoers,” of the late-career Rauschenberg pieces that will now be brought to the forefront.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art will soon be in possession of Rauschenberg’s works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which the public has never seen before. MoMA in particular is happily anticipating the addition to their collection of Rauschenberg pieces from the 1950s and ‘60s, and Museum President Marie-Josee Kravis (née Marie-Josee Drouin) has promised to given another work, “Polar Glut” from 1987, to MoMA’s collection as well.
Known for his creative, groundbreaking contemporary artworks, Robert Rauschenberg has inspired countless artists in the latter half of the twentieth century and well into the present. His found object sculptures and work in cardboard has solidified his place in the modern art canon, and many mourned his 2008 death. It’s the mission of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to disperse as much of his art as possible, so it’s no surprise that some of his later works would end up in NYC’s world-renowned arts institutions.
David White, chief curator of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, says that the artist’s post-1960s work exists as a powerful demonstration of his determination to use whatever the world presented him, wherever he went. It’s nice to know that many American museums will be able to share this passion for creating art from everyday items with people from all over the world.
Read more about the works that are being donated in artlyst’s coverage of the story.