The Gap In Between
"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in that gap between the two." - Robert Rauschenberg


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Robert Rauschenberg, Factum I and Factum II, 1955.












Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (glossy black four-panel painting), c. 1951.











Influenced by John Cage's idea that art should "unfocus" the spectator's mind

Erased De Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg, Erased De Kooning, 1953.











Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955.











Robert Rauschenberg, Bob and Cy in Venice, 1952.











Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955.
Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan, 1962.











Neo Dada = style of art which reinvestigates Dada's use of irony, found objects and banal activities as instruments of social and aesthetic critique

Target with Plaster Casts

Jasper Johns, Target with Plaster Casts, 1955.
Characteristics of Neo-Dada works:
  • Use of modern, everyday materials and popular imagery
  • Absurdist contrast
  • Denial of traditional concepts of aesthetics and beauty











Jasper Johns, 0 through 9,1960.
Robert Rauschenberg, Booster, 1967.











Abstract Expressionist Sculpture


Looking North
David Smith, Agricola IX, 1952.
Dorothy Dehner, Looking North, 1964.











"Junk Sculpture"

Louise Nevelson, Black Wall, 1959.
John Chamberlain, Miss Lucy Pink, 1963.











In response to an exhibition of Louise Nevelson's work in 1946, a critic said, "We learned the artist was a woman, in time to check our enthusiasm. Had it been otherwise, we might have hailed these sculptural expresssions as by surely a great figure among the moderns."

Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral Southern Mountain, 1959.
Louise Nevelson, Gold Relief, 1964.