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Registry page from Leo Castelli Gallery listing Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing

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  • Registry page from Leo Castelli Gallery listing Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Erased de Kooning Drawing</em>

    Registry page from Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, listing the 1958 price for Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953). Leo Castelli Gallery Records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

  • Robert Rauschenberg at his Front Street studio with Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Robert Rauschenberg at his Front Street studio with Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953). Photo: Fred W. McDarrah, 1961; © Fred W. McDarrah / Getty Images

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed)

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed) showing an untitled drawing by Willem de Kooning (ca. 1953). Graphite on paper, 16 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (41.9 x 35.9 cm). Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing showing inscription

    Detail of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing the inscription made by Jasper Johns

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, framed) showing labels and inscription

    Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953 (verso, framed)

  • Unprocessed infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Unprocessed infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing traces of the original drawing by Willem de Kooning. Infrared scan: Robin D. Myers, 2010

  • Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing traces of the original drawing by Willem de Kooning. Visible light scan: Ben Blackwell, 2010; Infrared scan and processing: Robin D. Myers, 2010

  • Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1957; traces of drawing media on paper with label and gilded frame, 25 1/4 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. (64.14 cm x 55.25 cm x 1.27 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


According to this registry page from Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) was on consignment there for $500 from March through October of 1958. Rauschenberg’s first solo exhibition at the gallery took place March 4–29 of that year, and it’s likely that Castelli held the drawing in his inventory afterward in the hope that the exhibition would prompt its sale. After Erased de Kooning Drawing was returned to the artist, he kept it until it was bought by SFMOMA in 1998.