Robert Rauschenberg

This long-overdue retrospective at Tate Modern reveals the American painter, sculptor and performance artist to be one of the giants of 20th century creativity who produced a body of work with a range that is almost unparalleled. The exhibition does a fine job showcasing this breadth, beginning with Rauschenberg’s postwar interest in abstract expressionism, moving on to his discovery of silkscreen and transfer printing (the 34 Illustrations For Dante’s Inferno are gorgeous), exploring his conceptual interests – I especially like his take on Holman Hunt’s ghastly The Scapegoat – and underlining the importance of his collaborations with fellow artists such as Jasper Johns, the modernist composer John Cage and the pioneering choreographer Merce Cunningham. Several of the dance performances were captured on film and are offered here on video screens. As with the rest of the artworks in the show, all of them are worth watching, so allow yourself plenty of time when you visit.


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