SFMOMA Rauschenberg Research Project

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Robert Rauschenberg, Collection (formerly Untitled), 1954-1955; painting; oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas, Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955; oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Licensed by VAGA, New York

SFMOMA received two grants from the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative to catalog more than eighty-five works by Robert Rauschenberg in the museum's permanent collection, including Combines, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and prints and other works on paper. The featured works date from 1949 to 1998 and represent Rauschenberg's cross-disciplinary approach and the breadth of his appetite for experimentation. The four-year research effort, led by Sarah Roberts, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, resulted in the Rauschenberg Research Project, the museum's first online scholarly publication. SFMOMA holds one of the world's foremost collections of Rauschenberg's art, including breakthrough works from early in his career, such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) and Mother of God (ca.1951); the latter is one of the artist's earliest surviving paintings. The Rauschenberg Research Project provides free worldwide access to a range of materials surrounding these and other iconic works, including newly commissioned essays, numerous images, interview footage, artist's statements, conservation reports, and archival materials. As of July 2013 the catalogue is the largest and most in-depth repository of Rauschenberg research available online.