LondonRobert Rauschenberg: Metal, Ink and Dye: Late Works from Captiva Island
Metal, Ink & Dye: Late Works from Captiva Island, is BASTIAN’s first London exhibition of works by Robert Rauschenberg (1928-2008). No other artist in the 20th Century has celebrated the social and economic trajectory of the United States in such efficient terms and, in the same breath, enabled the viewer to take part in the journey, rather than being mere spectators.
Solvent transfer on fabric collaged on paper
81.3 x 59.7 cm/ 32 x 23.5 in.
Signed and dated recto lower centre in pencil »RAUSCHENBERG 79«. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Solvent transfer, acrylic and collage on paper
80.6 x 62.2 cm/ 31.7 x 24.5 in.
Signed and dated in pencil recto lower right corner »RAUSCHENBERG 80«. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Assembled aluminium and fibreglass objects
125.1 x 134.9 x 81.3 cm / 49 1/4 x 53 1/8 x 32 in.
Titled, signed and inscribed with artist’s registration number on metal plate on underside ‘TROPIC COMPASS GLUT / RAUSCHENBERG / 88.201’. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Riveted metal parts
115.5 x 123.1 x 45.7 cm/ 45.5 x 48.5 x 18 in.
Inscribed on the reverse »PIMIENTO LATE SUMMER GLUT 87.118 RAUSCHENBERG«. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Assembled steel, chrome and plated brass objects
165.4 x 46.3 x 46.3 cm. / 65 1/8 x 18 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.
Titled, signed and inscribed with artist’s registration number on underside ‘KLAXON PISA GLUT RAUSCHENBERG 88.199’. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Inkjet dye transfer on polylaminate
155.6 x 118.1 cm / 61.25 x 46.5 in.
Inscribed recto, lower left corner »Rauschenberg 97«. Photo: Luke A. Walker
Pigment transfer on polylaminate
217.2 x 154.9 cm. / 85 1/2 x 61 in.
Signed and dated lower edge ‘RAUSCHENBERG 2K+1’; artist’s registration number inscribed on reverse ‘201.022’. Photo: Luke A. Walker
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This exhibition focuses on Rauschenberg’s metal assemblages from the Glut series (1986-89 and 1991-94) and a selection of innovative dye-transfer works from the Anagram (A Pun) (1997- 2000) and Short Stories (2000-2002) series.
Escaping the dizzying hurriedness of New York in 1968, Rauschenberg found sanctuary on small sun-drenched island just off the coast of Florida, called Captiva. It was this new island home that proved to be a fertile domain for some of the artist’s most remarkable and challenging works. Here, BASTIAN uncover a selection of works from this late period on Captiva Island which showcase not only Rauschenberg’s use of ink transfers and printing technology but his use of metal in ever more imaginative and inventive ways. The exhibition includes three ground- breaking Glut sculptures, a series that underpinned the artist’s intensive investigation into the sculptural possibilities of found metal objects.
Witnessing first-hand the desolation caused by a recessive Texan economy struggling to stay afloat due to a glut in the oil market in the early 80’s, Rauschenberg’s Glut sculptures narrate an American obsession with lavish extravagance which is part social criticism, part automotive/industrial relic, but fundamentally absolute Americana.
Courtesy of Bastian. Photo: Luke A. Walker