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Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (1973) showing central fold

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  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> (1973) showing central fold

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1973 (detail)

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (1973), SFMOMA, 1999

    Installation view of Untitled (1973) in Robert Rauschenberg, SFMOMA, May 7–September 7, 1999

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (1973) showing a collaged bag and string-tie closure

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1973 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (1973) showing central fold

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1973 (detail)

  • Untitled

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, Wed Jan 02 00:00:00 PST 2013; acrylic, graphite, paper bags, and envelopes on paper, 72 in. x 60 in. (182.88 cm x 152.4 cm); Gift of the Frederick Weisman Company; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


This detail of the center of Untitled (1973) shows two painted bags—one red-orange and the other white—framing the crease that was made when the artist folded the composition in half vertically before running it through the press. Because some of the paint and adhesive was still wet when the work was folded, this process resulted in tearing and smearing that introduced Rorschach-like splotches to the composition, adding formal complexity to the layers of pencil, paint, adhesive, and paper.