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View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I) with inscription and signature

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • View of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Cy + Roman Steps (I)</em> with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I–V), SFMOMA, 2010

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I–V) (1952) in 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, December 19, 2009–January 16, 2011

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I) with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (II) with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (II) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (III) with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (III) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (IV) with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (IV) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (V) with inscription and signature

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (V) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

  • Cy + Roman Steps (I-V)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Cy + Roman Steps (I-V), Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 2013; suite of five gelatin silver prints, 20 in. x 80 in. (50.8 cm x 203.2 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


Cy + Roman Steps (I–V) is a single artwork comprising a sequence of five photographs, each of which is individually signed, inscribed, and numbered. In the inscription seen here, the Roman numeral I in parentheses following the title indicates that this is the first of the five images that make up the artwork. The “#4” following the date denotes that this image is part of the fourth set printed in a planned edition of 50. There are five known sets of Cy + Roman Steps (I–V); all of them were printed after 1981. SFMOMA’s set is believed to have been made in 1997 for exhibition in the artist’s retrospective later that year.