Publication

Florence Berkman on Black, White and Grey, Wadsworth Atheneum, 1964

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Florence Berkman on <em>Black, White and Grey</em>, Wadsworth Atheneum, 1964

    Florence Berkman, “Pop Art on Exhibition Free, Far Out,” Hartford Times, January 11, 1964. Courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Archives, Hartford, CT

  • 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, Wed Jan 11 00:00:00 PST 1961; 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


In this review of the Wadsworth Atheneum exhibition Black, White and Grey: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture (January 9–February 9, 1964), Florence Berkman singles out Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) as the “most unusual work” in the show. Despite Berkman’s somewhat tepid review, the exhibition, organized by Samuel Wagstaff, has found a place in art history as one of the earliest cohesive presentations of the movement that would come to be known as Minimalism.