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Yellow visor glut



Robert Rauschenberg

United States of America

22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008


In the late 1980s, after touring extensively around the world, Rauschenberg returned to his studio on Captiva Island in Florida where he began making his ‘glut’ series. The inspiration for this series was the recession that hit Texas in the 1980s due to an oil glut on the global financial market. In 1985 Rauschenberg held a major exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and while driving to the museum noticed all the scrap metal and car wrecks littering the Texan roadsides. The works in the ‘glut’ series are made out of car parts, containers and road signs that are assembled or twisted into poetic and elegant shapes.




Media categories

Assemblage , Sculpture

Materials used

riveted metal parts


147.0 x 126.0 x 25.5 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

Accession number


Artist information

Robert Rauschenberg

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 20 (colour illus.), 86.

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 33 (colour illus.), 61.

Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts, Chicago, 1990, (colour illus.). as 'Untitled'

Wayne Tunnicliffe', John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Robert Rauschenberg', pg.44-61, Sydney, 2011, 47,61 (colour illus.).

Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art: 1991 Biennial Exhibition, New York, 1991, 224 (colour illus.). as 'Yellow visor'