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Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) showing mailing labels

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  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard)</em> showing mailing labels

    Robert Rauschenberg, Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), 1971 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) showing mailing labels

    Robert Rauschenberg, Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), 1971 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) (verso) showing support panel

    Robert Rauschenberg, Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), 1971 (verso)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) documenting markings on boxes

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) (1971) documenting manufacturer’s stamps and other markings on the cardboard boxes

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), 2013

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) (1971)

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) showing mounting nails

    Composite of two details demonstrating the use of nails to mount Robert Rauschenberg’s Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) (1971)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) showing manufacturer's stamp

    Robert Rauschenberg, Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), 1971 (detail)

  • Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard), Sun Dec 01 12:00:00 PST 2013; cardboard, 35 1/2 in. x 79 in. x 11 in. (90.17 cm x 200.66 cm x 27.94 cm); Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


After moving from New York to Captiva Island, Florida, in late 1970, Rauschenberg immediately began to experiment with a material that could readily be found in his new locale: cardboard boxes. Rosalie/Red Cheek/Temporary Letter/Stock (Cardboard) encapsulates these transitions in his life and work, as both studio addresses are represented in mailing labels on the front of the “Red Cheek” apple cider box. The postmark dated January 27, 1971, visible beside the label bearing the artist’s Captiva Island address, suggests that Rauschenberg repurposed this box as art material shortly after mailing it from New York to his new studio in Florida.