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An image of Dylaby by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg

(United States of America 22 Oct 1925 – 12 May 2008)

Media categories
Assemblage, Sculpture
Materials used
oil on rubber tyre and packing case timber, iron nails

62.2 x 55.9 x 33.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, ".../ 1962/ Robert Rauschenberg".
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
© Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (12)

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, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Newtown, Apr 2011, 26 (colour illus.), 27.

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, Pop to popism, 'The future is now: origins of pop art', pg. 17-33, Sydney, 2014, 21, 32 (colour illus.).

Roland Wetzel and Annja Müller-Alsbach (Curators), Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, 'Dylaby', pg.72-79, Bielefeld, 2009, 72 (colour illus.),75, 79.

Exhibition history (9)

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

Pop to popism, 01 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015