Correspondence

Robert Rauschenberg, fax to Gary Garrels, November 11, 1998

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  • Robert Rauschenberg, fax to Gary Garrels, November 11, 1998

    Robert Rauschenberg, fax to Gary Garrels, November 11, 1998. SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (Pyramid Series) in a Plexiglas frame

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.4. Photo: Bruce C. Johns

  • Installation view of two Untitled (Pyramid Series) drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1977

    Installation view of two Untitled (Pyramid Series) (1974) drawings in Robert Rauschenberg, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 25–May 17, 1977.

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Pyramid Series, SFMOMA, 2004

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Pyramid Series (1974) in the SFMOMA collection presentation Matisse and Beyond, 2004. Rauschenberg’s Trophy IV (for John Cage) (1961) appears in the foreground. Cy + Roman Steps (I–V) (1952) is on the wall at left.

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.1]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974 . Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.1

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Pyramid Series (verso) showing individual artwork inscriptions

    Composite showing the inscriptions on the verso of Robert Rauschenberg's Pyramid Series (1974) 

  • Art handlers install Robert Rauschenberg's Pyramid Series, SFMOMA, 2012

    Art handlers install Robert Rauschenberg’s Pyramid Series (1974) for a photo shoot in the SFMOMA galleries, 2012

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.2]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.2

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (Pyramid Series) showing deckled edge

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974 (detail of verso). Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.2

  • Conservation image documenting the unpacking of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (Pyramid Series)

    Conservation image documenting the unpacking of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (Pyramid Series) (1974). Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.6

  •  Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.3]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.3

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.4]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.4

  • Robert Rauschenberg,Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.5]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit:  98.300.5

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.6]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit:  98.300.6

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series) [SFMOMA 98.300.7]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Pyramid Series), 1974. Pictured unit: 98.300.7

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (Pyramid Series) showing front and back of embossed signature

    Composite showing recto and verso of embossed signature on Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (Pyramid Series) (1974). Pictured unit: SFMOMA 98.300.3

  • Pyramid Series

    Robert Rauschenberg, Pyramid Series, Wed Nov 11 00:00:00 PST 1998; embossed paper and fabric, dimensions variable; Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


When SFMOMA acquired Rauschenberg’s Pyramid Series in 1998, curator Gary Garrels wrote to the artist to confirm how the works should be installed. The handwritten note that Rauschenberg added to the letter and returned to Garrels by fax indicates that there was no set order and that the installation should respond to the space where the drawings would be displayed. As he instructed Garrels: “Play by eye.”