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Image Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg: Combines

By January 14, 2007

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Image ; Used with permission A reader very kindly sent a question along asking about Robert Rauschenberg's word "combines" and it served the proverbial two birds, one stone purpose. First, we shared a chuckle over the conspicuously absent John Deere, which is absolutely the first thing that crosses my mind when hearing the word "combines" since a great big one of these travels through my "yard" once a year harvesting corn. Second, it jogged my often-tentative awareness of the Gregorian calendar, in which traveling exhibitions sometimes move with unbelievable speed.

Pouncing - however belatedly - on this opportunity, here we've caught up with Robert Rauschenberg: Combines mere days before it closes at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and travels to the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The lovely press people in Paris prepared a dossier of image highlights for your viewing enjoyment and, my goodness, it would have been the complete abyss of absentmindedness for me to blow this chance. So here you are. And by the way, in case anyone else was wondering, "combines" simply means "mixed media" and/or "assemblage" with or without a twist of Installation on the side.

OK, then, show of hands: who remembers this particular image from AH 101, Semester 2: Renaissance to Contemporary Art? Anyone? Oh, please, come now. Surely I am not the only person who fixated on the taxidermied angora goat stuffed through a tire?

Image credit:

Robert Rauschenberg (American, b. 1925)
Monogram, 1955-59
Freestanding combine: Oil, printed paper,
printed reproductions, metal, wood, rubber
heel and tennis ball on canvas, with oil on
angora goat and tire on wooden base
mounted on four casters
106.6 x 160.6 x 163.8 cm (42 x 63 1/4 x 64 1/2 in.)
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Robert Rauschenberg / Adagp, Paris, 2006


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