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Title

31100/ new born/ Indian river/ planters/ snow

1971


Artist

Robert Rauschenberg

United States of America

22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008


About

In 1970 Rauschenberg moved from New York to Captiva Island in Florida. Here he set out to break with his formerly urban themes, but rather than becoming interested in the natural materials in his new environment, he began to make use of commonplace cardboard boxes. Rauschenberg usually flattened out the boxes, revealing the structural elements of their original form. Occasionally colour was applied and different boxes assembled into one piece. Boxes are associated with transport and movement, as well as past function and trade. They also carry the evidence of a simple geometric logic of folding, including crosses and, sometimes – as with Rauschenberg’s ‘cardbirds’ – bird-like forms.


Details


Date

1971


Media category

Assemblage


Materials used

cardboard on plywood


Dimensions

254.0 x 158.0 x 41.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

185.2010.a-b


Artist information

Robert Rauschenberg

Works in the collection

16


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 58 (illus.), 86.

Yves-Alain Bois and Menil Collection, Robert Rauschenberg: cardboards and related pieces, Houston, 2007, 95 (illus.). cat.21, not exhibited, illustrated in the catalogue

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 21 (colour illus.), 61. illustration on page 21 is an installation view

Mary Lynn Kotz, Rauschenberg: art and life, New York, 1990, 185.

Musée d'art et d'industrie, Rauschenberg, Saint-Etienne, 1974.

Dieter Ruckhaberle and Tate Gallery, Robert Rauschenberg, London, 1981. cat.no.45

Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin, Robert Rauschenberg: werke 1950-1980, Berlin, 1980.

Wayne Tunnicliffe', John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Robert Rauschenberg', pg.44-61, Sydney, 2011, 47, 50-51 (colour illus.). illustration on page 50 is a detail