Friday, June 26, 2009

robert rauschenberg & joseph cornell

first, just spreading my love for one of my favorite artists, robert rauschenberg.
i learned all about him in phil larson's art history 2 class last semester.

he collected trash, antiques, and things that most people view as worthless, and through a combination of painting and assemblage, created work that both brought his materials into modernity and celebrated their past, giving them a sort of second life. (blather blather, just look at the pictures and enjoy. antiques, typography, taxidermy animals, collage, dripping paint -- what's not to love?)

"Canyon" - 1959 - oil, housepaint, pencil, paper, fabric, metal, buttons, nails, cardboard, printed paper, photographs, wood, paint tubes, mirror string, pillow & bald eagle on canvas

"Odalisk" - 1955-1958

"Monogram" - 1955-1959

"Coca Cola Plan" - 1958

"Satellite" - 1955

"Pilgrim" - 1960

"Bed" - 1955

"Contact" - 2003

"Rebus" - 1955

"Coexistence" - 1961


and, since he's loosely related stylistically, i'll also show some jospeh cornell.
(if you're a fan, or even if you're not, you should read a convergence of birds: original fiction and poetry inspired by joseph cornell. it's a collection of poems and short stories by quite a few famous writers, all in response to a request by its editor, jonathan safran foer, whose work is also featured in the book [and is naturally the best part].) my literary obsessions aside, please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses: (((()))) and enjoy the images below.

"Hotel Eden" - 1945

"Habitat" - 1942

"Paul and Virginia" - 1946-1948

"L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode, cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle" - 1940

"Cockatoo and Corks" - 1946

"Toward the Blue Peninsula" - 1951-1952

"Apollinaris" - 1954

"for Stephanie" - 1945

"Forgotten Game" - 1949

this blog entry makes me want to major in sculpture :[


  1. You can't major in everything! This is some wonderful stuff, and I can see why it would appeal to you. Has their work influenced you so far? Or is it a coincidence about the birds and found objects you've been using in your sculptural pieces? I so enjoy your blogs Teagan. Thanks for posting!

  2. nah, i've only known about them for a month or two, so they haven't influenced my work yet -- though i'm sure they will. they just happen to use lots of things i like :]

  3. Tell me you haven't stopped blogging!
    Found your blog while writing haiku, listening to the Clash, and looking up Teddy Boys. Heh-heh-heh!
    Love that 'habitat' sculpture; you've got a great eye.

  4. Just a message from France to congratulate you for this page. It has been very useful to me and my son (we are homeschooling)for a work about Rauschenberg.
    So thanks to you very much!!

  5. working on a presentation about modernism thanks for the info

  6. A great page. Makes me want to jump up and down in my seat clapping my hands. Thanx.

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