Robert Rauschenberg: Three Decades

 

Gallery Faurschou Beijing

24 November 2007 – 02 February 2008

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG HAS HAD THE CAPACITY OF BEING ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY - AND STILL CONTINUES TO BE UNTIL THIS VERY DAY. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG HAS BEEN CUTTING EDGE – TO WATCH ONE OF HIS PHOTO COLLAGES OUTDO A WHOLE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY.

 

IN THIS EXHIBITION WE ARE SHOWING WORKS FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE 1980’S UNTIL 2007. RAUSCHENBERG WORKS ARE IMAGES OF AMERICA. NOT THE USUAL IMAGERY FROM SOAP OPERAS AND OTHER US SURFACE CULTURE, HIS WORKS PORTRAY THE ANTI-COMMERCIAL AND THE EVERYDAY AMERICA. IN HIS COLLAGES WE SEE THE RAW GRAFFITI PAINTED WALLS, THE DESERTED STREET CORNERS WITH RUBBISH AND FADING ADVERTISING BILLBOARDS. WE MEET THE AGRICULTURAL AMERICA, THE ROAD SYSTEMS, THE WOODEN AND DECAYING ROAD SIGNS AND THE EMPTY BOTTLES ON THE TABLE IN THE DINER. WE ARE TAKEN TO THE DESOLATE BUILDING SITES WITH GUTTERS AND ROADWORK CONES, OR TO THE SEASIDE WITH THE SAND, FISH AND THE ICE CREAM HUT. RAUSHENBERG MAKE VISIBLE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LIFE.

 

THE POWERFUL VISUAL EFFECT OF THESE IMAGES IS THE AESTHETIC ORCHESTRATION OF MULTIPLE IMAGES OF REALITY, FAR REMOVING THE WORKS FROM MERE DOCUMENTARY. FOR EXAMPLE RAUSCHENBERG INSERTS A CLOSE-UP OF A ROAD STRIPE, A METAL CHAIN, A BUOY OF LIFE, SOME ABSTRSCT COLOUR PARTS OR A GRAPHIC LOGO IN THE OVERALL COMPOSITION AS A COUNTERBALANCE TO THE VISUAL THEME. ALSO THE WAY THE IMAGES ARE TRANSFERRED TO POLYLAMINATE, GIVE THEM A BEAUTIFUL, SOFT, WASHED – OUT, OR WATERCOLOUR – LIKE QUALITY. RAUSCHENBERG’S COLLAGES ARE THOROUGHLY COMPOSED WITH REPETITIONS, REFLECTIONS AND DISPLACEMENT OF IMAGERY. THE IMAGES HAVE AN INCREDIBLE VISUAL RHYTHM, SOMETIMES ALMOST LIKE A PATTERN, DUE TO THE TIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN FIGURE AND THE WHITE SURFACE BOTH KEEPING THE COLLAGES FIRMLY FIXED AND PROVIDING THE EYES WITH FIELDS IN WHICH TO REST.

 

NEVER BEFORE HAVE IMAGES OF EVERYDAY LIFE AND THE NON-POLISHED AMERICA BEEN SO OPTIMISTIC. GREAT WARMTH RADIATE FROM HIS WORKS, AN APPRECIATION OF THE REAL, OF LIFE AS IT IS LIVED WITH FOCUS ON WHAT IS NOT USUALLY EMPHASIZED. THIS WARMTH IS TRANSMITTED TO THE VIEWER WHEN ENCOUNTERING THESE MAGNIFICENT WORKS.

 

ROBERT RAUSHENBERG HAS NOT HAD A SOLO SHOW IN CHINA SINCE HIS ROCI TOUR (RAUSCHENBERG OVERSEAS CULTURE INTERCHANGE) IN 1985 AT THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY, BEIJING, WE ARE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO HOST A SHOW BRINGING RAUSCHENBERG BACK TO CHINA.

 

WE SINCERELY THANK ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT IN THIS EXHIBITION.

 

OUR SPECIAL GRATITUDE GOES TO THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE, BEIJING, AS WELL AS PACEWILDENSTEIN GALLERY, NEW YORK.

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