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Art and Life / Rauschenberg, Robert ; Cage J ; Johns J., 1990

Identifier: CC-27583-28660

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Scope and Contents

This is a biography of Robert Rauschenberg based upon personal interviews by the biographer of almost every one important to the artist over his entire life span. It begins with a quotation from Rauschenberg, "Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in the gap between the two)"Mary Lynn Kotz provides a critical discussion of several artistic works reproduced in this book. One of them is "Opal Gospel, "a multiple artist book produced in 1971. The word 'opal' was suggested to Rauschenberg by the iridescent inks used in the work. It is an unbound book containing poems from the Nootka, Chippewa, Nanajo, Iglulik, Pawnee and Apache tribes, printed with Rauschenberg's illustrations from nature in iridescent ink on clear plexiglas. The panels or pages, are interchangeable in their stands. With this hauntingly iridescent work, Rauschenberg celebrated his own American Indian heritage. This biography is the only fully illustrated account of Rauschenberg's life prepared with his full cooperation. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1990



0 See container summary (1 hard cover book (319 pages)) : illustrations (some color) ; 27.5 x 26.5 x 4 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miami Art Museum, 1996.


Published: New York : Harry N. Abrams. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: RED; updated by: RED.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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