Conservation Document

Conservation treatment report relating to Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting], 2012

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Conservation treatment report relating to Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> [glossy black painting], 2012

    Conservation treatment report relating to Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951), 2012

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] before second coat of black paint

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951. Leo Castelli Gallery Records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Photo: Rudy Burckhardt; © Estate of Rudy Burckhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Pictured artwork © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] showing white paint drips

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951) showing white paint drips, from a slide taken ca. 1970. Image courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] showing unpainted newspaper fragment

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] with the second coat of black paint

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951) with the second coat of black paint. Photo courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] in raking and natural light

    Composite of two detail views from Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951), showing the same area of the work in natural and raking light

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] showing a white paint drip

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] (verso) showing wooden brackets

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] (verso) showing inscription

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (detail of verso)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] (verso) showing conservation handling frame

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (verso)

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting] (verso) showing paint at tacking margins

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (details of verso)

  • Untitled [glossy black painting]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], Thu Jan 05 00:00:00 PST 2012; enamel and newspaper on canvas, 71 15/16 in. x 53 in. (182.72 cm x 134.62 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


This report and supporting images pertain to the replacement of the honeycomb insert on the back of Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting]. The treatment was performed by SFMOMA paintings conservator Paula De Cristofaro in 2012.