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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

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


Artist information

Robert Rauschenberg

Works in the collection


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


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

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, Sydney, Apr 2011, 26 (colour illus.), 27.

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

Pop art: 1955-70, Sydney, 1985, 65 (illus.).

Rauschenberg, New York, 1969, (illus.). no.12

Art International, Zurich, Jan 1963, 21 (illus.). illustration for Sonnabend 'Rauschenberg' exhibition

New realisms: 1957-1962, Madrid, 2010.

Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely: collaborations, 'Dylaby', pg.72-79, Bielefeld, 2009, 72 (colour illus.),75, 79.

Robert Rauschenberg: combines, Los Angeles, 2005, 190 (illus.). plate 164

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 25 (colour illus.), 61.