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Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1970

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  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Automobile Tire Print</em>, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1970

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Automobile Tire Print (1953) in Robert Rauschenberg: Prints 1948/1970, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, August 6–September 27, 1970. Photo published in the Minneapolis Star, August 13, 1970

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print showing the ends of the work gathered on scrolls

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Automobile Tire Print (1953) showing an alternate installation format with the ends of the work gathered on scrolls, ca. 1960. Photo: Bevan Davies

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print, SFMOMA, 2003

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Automobile Tire Print (1953) in Treasures of Modern Art: The Legacy of Phyllis Wattis, SFMOMA, January 30–June 24, 2003

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print, SFMOMA, 2001

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Automobile Tire Print (1953) in Points of Departure II: Connecting with Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, November 17, 2001–June 9, 2002

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print showing heavily painted tread mark

    Robert Rauschenberg, Automobile Tire Print, 1953 (detail of first sheet)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print showing the imprint of an unpainted tire tread

    Robert Rauschenberg, Automobile Tire Print, 1953 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Automobile Tire Print showing doubling back of tire

    Robert Rauschenberg, Automobile Tire Print, 1953 (detail, final sheet)

  • Automobile Tire Print

    Robert Rauschenberg, Automobile Tire Print, Thu Aug 06 00:00:00 PDT 1970; paint on 20 sheets of paper mounted on fabric, 16 1/2 in. x 264 1/2 in. (41.91 cm x 671.83 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


This clipping from the Minneapolis Star shows Automobile Tire Print installed as part of Robert Rauschenberg: Prints 1948/1970 (August 6–September 27, 1970), an exhibition organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Here the work is lying flat on a platform just above the floor. At this low height, the fully unrolled work invited visitors to walk its length and retrace the movement of the tire as it left its mark upon the paper.