Bois, Yve-Alain; Elliott, Clare; Helfenstein, Josef
Title: Robert Rauschenberg: Cardboards and Related Pieces
Binding: Oversize Hardback
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: Fine
Publisher: New Haven Yale University Press / Menil Collection) 2007
0300123787 / 9780300123784
Seller ID: 141191
A clean, unmarked book in excellent condition. 152 pages. 9 3/4"w x 11 1/2"h. Exhibition catalog presenting 87 specific pieces. Includes extensive exhibitions history and bibliography. Essays by Josef Helfenstein and Yve-Alain Bois.
Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925) began to investigate the boundaries between painting and sculpture in the 1950s, working with a variety of found objects in his Combine paintings and freestanding "Combines." Later, in his Cardboard series (1971--72), he confined himself to the use of cardboard boxes, eliminating virtually all imagery, reducing the palette to a near monochrome, and commenting in subtle ways on the materialism and disposability of modern life. This book is the first to focus exclusively on Rauschenberg's rarely seen "Cardboards, " along with related works from his Made in Tampa Clay, Cardbirds, Egyptian, and Venetian series.
Approximately eighty-eight "Cardboards" and related sculptural pieces, many from the artist's personal collection, are reproduced in the book. Full provenance and exhibition history are provided for each work, along with a complete bibliography. In addition, distinguished scholar Yve-Alain Bois offers an insightful essay that discusses the "Cardboards" and situates these lesser-known but critical pieces within the context of Rauschenberg's long and creative career.