Curatorial Document

Felissimo brochure for Nature (Tribute 21), 1994

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Felissimo brochure for <em>Nature (Tribute 21)</em>, 1994

    Felissimo brochure for Nature (Tribute 21), 1994. SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Nature (Tribute 21)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Nature (Tribute 21), Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1994; offset lithograph, 41 in. x 27 in. (104.14 cm x 68.58 cm); Gift of Felissimo; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Felissimo


Nature (Tribute 21) pays tribute to French explorer, photographer, and scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910–1997), who studied and documented the ocean and marine life. Through a series of popular films made for television, Cousteau tirelessly educated the public about the devastating effects of pollution and coastal development on ocean ecosystems. The brochure celebrates Cousteau’s conservation efforts. Paired with a reproduction of Rauschenberg’s print is a quote by Cousteau that reads: “We must plant the sea and herd its animals . . . using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about—farming replacing hunting.”

For a full list of the Tribute 21 portfolio honorees, see Felissimo’s informational brochure.