On View

‘Radio Waves: New York “Nouveau Réalisme” and Rauschenberg’ at Sperone Westwater

Installation view. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater)

Robert Rauschenberg’s art collection contains wonders. Two years ago, Gagosian Gallery, working with the late artist’s foundation, presented a rich survey of the art that he came to own over his 82 years. And now Sperone director David Leiber, again with the foundation, is offering up this succinct look at Rauschenberg’s holdings in Nouveau Réalisme, the disparate, largely French movement inaugurated in 1960. Read More


Trisha Brown Presented With First-Ever Rauschenberg Award

Trisha Brown. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Avant-garde choreographer Trisha Brown has won the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Award, a $25,000 grant endowed by the artist’s estate, Artforum reports. Though the new award is not reserved for Rauschenberg’s collaborators, he designed sets and costumes for a number of Ms. Brown’s performances starting in the late 1970s. For Glacial Decoy (1979), Rauschenberg projected black-and-white photographs of an orchid and a shattered windshield on screens surrounding the dancers, and for Astral Convertible (1989), he created jungle-gym structures and shimmering silver costumes. Read More

the white house

Rauschenberg Will Hang in the White House Dining Room

Robert Rauschenberg "Early Bloomer (Anagram (a Pun))" (1998). (Courtesy The Art Newspaper)

Robert Rauschenberg’s Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)] will be hanging over the fireplace in the White House dining room, where the president hosts formal dinners. It will replace an equestrian portrait, according to The Art Newspaper. This is only the fourth contemporary artwork in the White House collection. Raushenberg will join the ranks of Josef Albers (who has two works on the walls) and Georgia O’Keefe. Read More


Morning Links: The Evil Yellow Slugs Edition

A detail from The Big Hawthorn, 2008, by David Hockney. Photograph: Richard Schmidt

Ian Jack wonders if it is a problem that David Hockney’s blossoms look like “evil yellow slugs.” [Guardian UK]

Georgina Adam on the ongoing controversy involving a Rauschenberg, a stuffed eagle and the IRS. [Financial Times]

David Shrigley has a new billboard coming to the High Line, at 10th Avenue and 18th Street, April 5—his deadpan brand of twee existential insecurity writ large, super large. [Paper Magazine] Read More


Sonnabend Estate Sues IRS Over $65 M. Rauschenberg Estimate

"Canyon" (1959) by Robert Rauschenberg. (Courtesy Metropolitan Museum)

Here’s a messy one. Art lawyer Ralph E. Lerner, who represents the estate of the late art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, is suing the Internal Revenue Service over a $65 million estimate that the tax collector placed on Robert Rauschenberg’s seminal Canyon (1959),which is owned by the estate, Forbes reports. Mr. Lerner and the estate argue that the work should be valued at $0 since the inclusion of a stuffed bald eagle in the work means that, under U.S. law, it is illegal to sell it. Read More