(United States of America 22 Oct 1925 – 12 May 2008)
62.2 x 55.9 x 33.0 cm
In the 1950s Rauschenberg’s work took a very different direction to the abstract expressionism dominant in the United States at the time. Rauschenberg’s dada sensibility – inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s engagement with everyday life – showed him to have more in common with emerging movements in Europe. ‘Dylaby’ is typical of this sensibility. In 1962 Rauschenberg was the only American artist included in ‘Dylaby: dynamic labyrinth’, an experimental exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam based on artistic collaboration and installation works. The arrows pointing in opposite directions in ‘Dylaby’ may be Rauschenberg’s tongue-in-cheek response to the chaotic show involving such radical artists.
Lawrence Alloway (Editor), Art International, Zurich, Jan 1963, 21 (illus.). illustration for Sonnabend 'Rauschenberg' exhibition
Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, 'John Kaldor: public patron/ private collector', pg.9-77, Sydney, 1995, 11 (illus.), 18 (colour illus.). illustration on page 11 is an installation view of the 1963 Sonnabend exhibition
Andrew Forge, Rauschenberg, New York, 1969, (illus.). no.12
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 25 (colour illus.), 61.
Henry Geldzahler, Pop art: 1955-70, Sydney, 1985, 65 (illus.).
Julia Robinson, New realisms: 1957-1962, Madrid, 2010.
Paul Schimmel, Robert Rauschenberg: combines, Los Angeles, 2005, 190 (illus.). plate 164
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'The art collectors 10. John Kaldor', pg.312-323, Sydney, Mar 1971, 314, 317 (colour illus.).
Wayne Tunnicliffe', John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Robert Rauschenberg', pg.44-61, Sydney, 2011, 46, 49 (colour illus.).
Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Newtown, Apr 2011, 26 (colour illus.), 27.
Roland Wetzel and Annja Müller-Alsbach (Curators), Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, 'Dylaby', pg.72-79, Bielefeld, 2009, 72 (colour illus.),75, 79.
Dylaby: dynamisch labyrint, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Sep 1962–Sep 1962
Rauschenberg, Sonnabend, Paris, Paris, 25 Jan 1963–28 Feb 1963
Pop art: 1955-1970:
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
Robert Rauschenberg: combines:
Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, Museum Tinguely, Basel, 14 Oct 2009–17 Jan 2010
New realisms: 1957-1962, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 15 Jun 2010–04 Oct 2010