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Early view of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955)

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  • Early view of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> (ca. 1955)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (ca. 1955), photographed ca. 1958. Dorothy C. Miller Papers, I.15.1. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York; © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York

  • Early view of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (ca. 1955), photographed ca. 1958. Dorothy C. Miller Papers, I.15.1. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York; © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing newspaper fragment

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing box construction

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing Rauschenberg studio registry number

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail of verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing red pigment under the layer of gray paint

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing pink fabric

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail of verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing tide table

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing photo of men

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing red paint beneath sweatshirt

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing collaged layers

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Untitled

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, Tue Jan 01 12:00:00 PST 1957; oil, paper, fabric, and newspaper on canvas with string, nail, funnel, and wood, 31 1/2 in. x 25 1/8 in. x 9 in. (80.01 cm x 63.82 cm x 22.86 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


This early view of Untitled (ca. 1955) comes from the Dorothy C. Miller papers in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Miller included Rauschenberg in her groundbreaking 1959 group exhibition Sixteen Americans. Although Untitled (ca. 1955) was not included in the show, the photo was found in Miller’s exhibition files, perhaps because she was considering the work for inclusion. The brick wall in the background suggests that Untitled (ca. 1955) was photographed in the Pearl Street studio Rauschenberg occupied from September 1955 to March 1958, and it is likely that Miller’s research began in 1957, indicating a 1957 or 1958 date for the photo. Here we see the work in a fresh state, with the newspaper clippings still relatively bright, the string in one piece, and the area framed by the open sweatshirt neckline intact.

A map of Rauschenberg’s New York studios is available on the Related Information page.