RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 61724501 LA English T1 Robert Rauschenberg : combines A1 Rauschenberg, Robert,, Schimmel, Paul., Crow, Thomas E.,, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), PB Museum of Contemporary Art : Steidl PP Los Angeles YR 2005 SN 0914357921 9780914357926 3865211453 9783865211453 AB With these mixed-media works of art, Rauschenberg reinvented collage, changing it from a medium that presses commonplace materials to serve illusion into something very different: a process that undermines both illusion and the idea that a work of art has a unitary meaning. Appearing as either wall-hung works or as freestanding objects, the combines are composed as syncopated grids that draw on materials from everyday life and the history of art. - Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book focuses on the works created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade in the artist's 50-year career, and constitutes the most complete survey of the Combines ever presented, as well as the most rigorous analysis of their political, social, autobiographical, and aesthetic significance. An introductory essay by exhibition curator Paul Schimmel titled "Reading Rauschenberg" offers an iconographic analysis of the earlier Combines, based on in-depth conversations with the artist. Other texts help to contextualize the Combines, such as Thomas Crow's essay that calls them the major artistic statement of their time. - Publisher.