Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ten Works by Robert Rauschenberg
Now that the preview is in full swing, we are beginning to see a pattern of interest from our previewers in the gallery. The highlight of the west wall is a stunning collection of ten works by Robert Rauschenberg, which seems to have elicited the most questions and feedback.
Our cover lot, Lattice (Lot 102), is a rare mixed media work from the artist’s groundbreaking Hoarfrost period. This pristine example from 1975 is the centerpiece in a mini survey of the artist’s work. Other works by the artist include many of his greatest hits created at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. All ten of these pieces are in exceptional condition as they belonged to a passionate and dedicated collector who acquired all of these works directly from the galleries and publishers that represented the artist at the time. They have all been cared for in a manner that is rarely seen. For example, Lattice (Lot 102) and Samarkand Stitches #III (Lot 107), were originally issued to be hung directly on the wall with no framing, thereby allowing the works to interact with air currents and viewed as sculpture outside the context of a frame. The fact that this collector framed these two works allowed them to remain as new, as if in a time capsule, emerging only now to be traded for the first time.
Sling Shots #8 (Lot 106) and Publicon—Station IV (Lot 103) are both literally glowing beacons of the artist’s creativity. Each is a stellar example of the artist’s ability to combine textures, materials, and colors into one harmonious sculpture. Quorum (Lot 110) and Box Cars (Lot 111), both from the Bones and Unions series, exemplify Rauschenberg’s works that first emerged from his adventures in India. Each work is a fusion of ancient techniques and modern sensibilities. Lastly, punctuating the wall are colorful prints Rauschenberg created in the late 70s, each exhibiting the artist’s iconic style.
I would highly recommend coming by the auction preview to at least admire the west wall. Outside of a museum retrospective, you never know the next time you’ll see ten works by Rauschenberg that display such a wide range of techniques, materials, and themes.