Encounters with Rauschenberg

Encounters with Rauschenberg

by Leo Steinberg, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Robert Rauschenberg
     
 

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In his insightful and engrossing lecture, Leo Steinberg surveys and critiques the work of Robert Rauschenberg, one of the great American post-war artists. He also discusses his own experience as a critic in the exciting and turbulent art world of New York in the 1950s and 1960s. The result is a rare glimpse not only into Rauschenberg, but also into

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In his insightful and engrossing lecture, Leo Steinberg surveys and critiques the work of Robert Rauschenberg, one of the great American post-war artists. He also discusses his own experience as a critic in the exciting and turbulent art world of New York in the 1950s and 1960s. The result is a rare glimpse not only into Rauschenberg, but also into Steinberg.

With the sharpness and confidence that can only come from a critic who has long been involved with Rauschenberg's work, Steinberg offers an in-depth discussion of such major pieces as the Erased DeKooning Drawing, Bed, and Monogram. He explains the subtle differences between his interpretations and those of other critics, such as Clement Greenberg and Hilton Kramer. He candidly reflects on how he has changed his mind over the years, and defends his new ideas about Rauschenberg's work with precise, fresh arguments. He critically evaluates Rauschenberg's more recent work and addresses how it falls short from the artist's earlier work.

From Rauschenberg's silk-screen prints of the 1960s to the vegetable dye transfer prints of the 1990s, Steinberg warns against the dangers of overinterpretation and iconographic enthusiasm. He argues that the unifying strand through this great artist's work is his drive to appropriate, to take objects and images from the world and make them his own by making them become a part of his art.

Provocative, intelligent, and beautifully articulated, Steinberg's words shed light on one remarkable artist and on the post-war New York art scene, on Steinberg's particular appreciation of Rauschenberg and on his life's work as an art critic.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Schiff
Encounters with Rauschenberg Leo Steinberg's witty lecture in critical ethics, exposes our penchant for reductive reading....Steinberg is an erudite specialist who speaks a popular, often earthy language, the natural enemy of borderline philistines and their fashionably "shocking" interpretaions (and he names names). Encounters with Rauschenberg doesn't repeat gossip you've already heard, but opens your eyes and mind. It's real criticism.
Artforum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226771830
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
85
Product dimensions:
7.21(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.40(d)

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