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

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  • View of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> (ca. 1955, verso) showing box construction

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (verso)

  • 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, Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 2010; 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


Seen from the back, the simple box construction of Untitled (ca. 1955) reveals little about the complex surface it supports. The work bears no exhibition labels; it was held in the artist’s collection and was not shown until the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (September 19, 1997–January 7, 1998).