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
 
Annotated Bibliography due on Wednesday!

Robert Rauschenberg, Factum I and Factum II, 1955.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Junk Sculpture"
 

Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral, 1958.
John Chamberlain, Miss Lucy Pink, 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral Southern Mountain, 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, Gold Relief, 1964.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man with the White Shoes

Man with the White Shoes

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled
(Man with the white shoes) front view, 1954.

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled
(Man with the white shoes) back view, 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rauschenberg with untitled combine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man with the White Shoes

Man with the White Shoes

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Man with the white shoes) (inside reflection), 1954.
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Man with the white shoes) (detail of back), 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odalisk word play:

Odalisk

Odalisque = a female slave or concubine who tends to
the harem of the Turkish sultan
 
Obelisk = tall, thin, four-sided, tapering monument
which ends in a pyramidal top

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Grand Odalisque, 1814.
Robert Rauschenberg, Odalisk, 1955 - 1958.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References to Gender in Odalisk:
Odalisk
  • Title word play
  • Pin-Ups
  • Photos of the artist's mother, and sister
  • Male chicken
  • Phallic leg
  • Soft pillow
 
 

Robert Rauschenberg, Odalisk, 1955 - 1958.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Monument