Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg's evolution examined in new show at Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol

Compare and contrast the last decade of the master's oeuvre

This exhibition focuses on the last 10 years of work by Robert Rauschenberg, the Florida-based grand old man of the New York School (until 14 October). With over 60 works, the show covers four series: the most recent “Synapsis shuffle” series, and a selection from the early 1990s groups entitled “Boréalis”, “Night shades”, “Arcadian retreat” and “Urban bourbon” (which includes “Dinner”, below). The Whitney Museum is now the owner of the “Synapsis” group, 52 panels which can be shuffled like a pack of cards, and which contain elements of Rauschenberg’s earlier works, combining photography, collage and painting. The other series show the evolution in the artist’s work, with its interation of the abstract and the figurative on metal surfaces: the gloomy “Night shades” with large, dark surfaces painted in acrylic and acid on aluminium, polished aluminium for the “Phantoms”, or the sunny “Boréalis”, on bronze

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 128 September 2002