Robert Rauschenberg 1925 - 2008

Provenance

Galerie Collection, France

Private Collection, France

Private Collection, France, inherited from above

Private Collection

Exhibitions

Paris, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Rauschenberg, 25 Dessins- Frottages 1968, 3 October - 1 November 1968

New York, Stellan Holm Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg: Transfer Drawings 1958-1969, 1 November 2011- 1 January 2012

New York, Sandra Gering Inc, 1990/2014 Strategies of Non- Intention: John Cage and the Artists He Collected, 12 June- 5 September 2014, illus colour, unpaginated

Description

Included in Sonnabend Paris's legendary Rauschenberg drawing show, the imagery in this work signals the artist's active engagement with political issues and popular causes. The supremely controversial power salute of the black athletes at the 1968 Olympics is reproduced at left, alongside an image of President Johnson with his arms outstretched, his gesture mimicked by the wings of the corporate jet. Ursula Andress emerges from the waves at bottom, straight from her appearance in James Bonds' Dr. No,