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

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  • View of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Trophy IV (for John Cage)</em> 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

  • 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), Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1961; 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


This photograph of Trophy IV (for John Cage) was reproduced in 1961 in the Swedish journal Konstrevy. The article explains that the boot, shown here hanging from a dowel, should be “kicked against a metal foil” to create a sonic tribute to John Cage (1912–1992).