Robert Rauschenberg 1925 - 2008

Provenance

Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

Ira Young, Malibu

James Goodman Gallery, New York

Waddington Galleries, London

Paicolx Trust Management AG, London

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach

Glabman Ring Gallery, Los Angeles

Private Collection

Exhibitions

New York, Jonathan O'Hara Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg, Transfer Drawings from the 1960s, 8 February- 17 March 2007, cat no.28, illus colour, p49

Description

"Get the Big Picture" which dominates the top of this work would seem to be an admonition of the faceless National Guard whose clustered helmets occupy the center of the composition. To their right, the smiling faces of the astronauts are anything but anonymous, representing another facet of the U.S. military industrial complex. The two schematic landscapes at the bottom, reminding one of Warhol's "paint by numbers" works, are offset by the painterly white stroke of paint at centre.