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Robert Rauschenberg

United States of America

22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008


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.




Media categories

Sculpture , Assemblage

Materials used

oil on rubber tyre and packing case timber, iron nails


62.2 x 55.9 x 33.0 cm :

a - tyre, 55 cm (21 5/8")

a - tyre, 55 cm (21 5/8")

a - tyre, 12 cm (4 3/4"), Top of tyre

a - tyre, 20 cm (7 7/8"), Bottom of tyre

b - wood panel, 59 cm (23 1/4")

b - wood panel, 35.5 cm (14")

b - wood panel, 4.5 cm (1 3/4"), Top of wooden panel

b - wood panel, 2 cm (13/16"), Majority of wooden panel

Signature & date

Signed and dated Certificate of authenticity u.c. verso, black pen "ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG/ ... 1962/ .../ ..." and c. verso, blue pen ".../ .../... 1962/ ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG".


Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Robert Rauschenberg

Works in the collection


Shown in 12 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Maurice Allemand, Cinquante ans de "collages" : papiers colles, assemblages, collages, du cubisme a nos jours, Saint-Etienne, 1964, (illus.). 326

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.).

Palais des Beaux Arts, Pop art, nouveau realisme, etc, Brussels, 1965.

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

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Sydney, 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.).

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