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View of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage) without the flashlight

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  • View of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Trophy IV (for John Cage)</em> without the flashlight

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) without the flashlight, from a slide taken ca. 1961. Image courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage) without the flashlight, published in 1961

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) without the flashlight. Photo: Rudy Burckhardt, ca. 1961, courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Estate of Rudy Burckhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Pictured artwork © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage), Leo Castelli Gallery, 1961

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) in Rauschenberg, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, November 7–December 5, 1961. Leo Castelli Gallery Records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage) without the flashlight

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) without the flashlight, from a slide taken ca. 1961. Image courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage), SFMOMA, 2010

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) in 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, December 19, 2009–January 16, 2011

  • Trophy IV (for John Cage)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Trophy IV (for John Cage), Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1962; metal, fabric, boot, wood, tire tread, chain, paint, tape, and flashlight, 33 in. x 82 in. x 21 in. (83.82 cm x 208.28 cm x 53.34 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


In this early view of Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961), the flashlight now chained to the sculpture’s metal pole is absent. The image comes from a slide in the files of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, on which the date 1961 is written in pencil. The flashlight was added sometime between 1961 and 1980, when the work was included in an exhibition at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, titled Rauschenberg: Werke 1950–1980 (March 23–May 4, 1980).