Rauschenberg/ Art and Life

Rauschenberg/ Art and Life

by Mary Lynn Kotz
     
 

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Iconoclastic, generous, inventive, impulsive, sensitive, gregarious, prodigious: these are just some of the words to describe Robert Rauschenberg and the art he has been making now for 50 years. From the age of 38, when he received the grand prize at the Venice Biennale in 1964, Rauschenberg has been a pivotal figure in the art of our time. This revised edition of

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Iconoclastic, generous, inventive, impulsive, sensitive, gregarious, prodigious: these are just some of the words to describe Robert Rauschenberg and the art he has been making now for 50 years. From the age of 38, when he received the grand prize at the Venice Biennale in 1964, Rauschenberg has been a pivotal figure in the art of our time. This revised edition of the classic biography of the artist, ?rst published in 1994, adds 36 new pages to cover the significant moments in the last ten years of his career, including his monumental career retrospective at the Guggenheim in 1997.

With 230 illustrations, 112 in full color, Rauschenberg: Art and Life is a richly impressive and highly readable portrait of the artist. Showing the astonishing dexterity and range of Rauschenberg's art even as an emerging artist; the creation of his now famous combines; his eagerness to bridge art and technology; and the establishment of ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange), this is a book, as one reviewer put it, "to grab from a burning house."

Author Bio: Mary Lynn Kotz is the author of the best-selling Upstairs at the White House, Marvella, and A Passion for Equality (with Nick Kotz). She is a contributing editor to ARTnews and has written for many major magazines in her 20-year career as a journalist. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rauschenberg, enfant terrible of American modernism in the 1950s and '60s, is now an ambassador for global good will. ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange), an organization he founded in 1984, sponsors art exhibits and fosters cross-cultural collaborations with the aim of promoting world peace. Kotz's admiring, richly illustrated biography-cum-appreciation of ``Poppa Pop'' charts his boyhood escape from the conformity of the oil town of Port Arthur, Tex., his formative years at Black Mountain College, his political activism in the service of civil rights and peace, and above all, his restless experimentation blurring the boundaries of painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. A contributing editor to ARTnews , Kotz scans the varied facets of Rauschenberg's output, including his color drawings for Dante's Inferno , his sets for Merce Cunningham's dances, the cardboard-box constructions and the sensual fabric collages and mud sculptures inspired by a 1975 trip to India. (Jan.)
Library Journal
In this newly revised, remarkably engaging, and richly illustrated biography of the Texas-born artist whose works have become synonymous with innovation, Kotz (Upstairs at the White House) presents Rauschenberg's life and 40-year career creating works in a wide range of technologically inspired media. Published on the eve of an exhibition at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery in New York (January-February 2005), the book offers only one wholly new chapter-the last, which covers the more than 1,751 works that Rauschenberg has made since 1990, when the first edition of this text was released. The book features a brief foreword and more extensive end matter, including a chronology, a bibliography, and lists of selected awards, honors, museum collections, and exhibitions-all of which have been fully updated. Large public, academic, and special libraries not owning the first edition or needing additional copies of this classic will want to purchase. Highly recommended.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810955882
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
506,543
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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