Robert Rauschenberg

Cardboards and Related Pieces

Yve-Alain Bois; With an introduction by Josef Helfenstein and contributions by Clare Elliott

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The first comprehensive look at Rauschenberg’s Cardboard series, a previously unexplored realm of the artist’s oeuvre

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.

Yve-Alain Bois is professor, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. Josef Helfenstein is director and Clare Elliott is assistant curator, both at The Menil Collection, Houston.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Menil Collection, Houston (February 23 – May 13, 2007)

"A well-designed book of high quality. For all libraries committed to 20th-century American art; essential to any institution with substantial holdings of Rauschenberg's art. Highly recommended."—Choice

"Rauschenberg's inventive and masterly approach to the unassuming throwaways of contemporary culture comes through loud and clear."—ARTnews

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2007
ISBN: 9780300123784
Publication Date: April 28, 2007
Publishing Partner: Distributed for The Menil Collection
152 pages, 10 x 11
104 b/w + 46 color illus.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas

Edited by Charles Wylie; With contributions by Yve-Alain Bo

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Art and Activism

Projects of John and Dominique de Menil

Edited by Josef Helfenstein and Laureen Schipsi

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form, color, illumination

Suzan Frecon painting

Josef Helfenstein and Matthias Frehner; With Sarah Eckhardt

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560 Broadway

A New York Drawing Collection at Work, 1991-2006

Edited by Amy Eshoo; With contributions by Derrick R.

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Imprinting the Divine

Byzantine and Russian Icons from The Menil Collection

Edited by Annemarie Weyl Carr; With contributions by Annema

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Walter De Maria

Trilogies

Edited by Josef Helfenstien; With contributions by Clare El

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