31100/ new born/ Indian river/ planters/ snow
United States of America
22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
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.
cardboard on plywood
254.0 x 158.0 x 41.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Rauschenberg, Musée d'art et d'industrie, Saint-Etienne, Jan 1974–Jan 1974
Robert Rauschenberg: werke 1950-1980:
Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Gallery, London, 29 Apr 1981–14 Jun 1981
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Referenced in 8 publications
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