Correspondence

Correspondence between SFMOMA and Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 1983

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  • Correspondence between SFMOMA and Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 1983

    Correspondence between SFMOMA and Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 1983. SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection, Charles Egan Gallery, New York, 1954–1955

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) in Bob Rauschenberg, Charles Egan Gallery, New York, December 1954–January 1955. Photo: Robert Rauschenberg, image courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

  • Photograph of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (second state) published in 1961

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955. Leo Castelli Gallery Records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Photo: Rudy Burckhardt, ca. 1961; © 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 Collection, SFMOMA, 1978

    Installation view of Collection (1954/1955) in Aesthetics of Grafitti, SFMOMA, April 28–July 2, 1978

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing the abutment of two panels

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail of verso)

  • Photograph of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection prior to 2012 conservation treatment

    Photograph of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) in 2010, prior to the 2012 conservation treatment of the veil

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing traces of glue or sizing

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (verso)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection highlighting alterations made after it was first exhibited

    View of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) with highlighting indicating alterations the artist made after the work was exhibited in Bob Rauschenberg, Charles Egan Gallery, New York, December 1954–January 1955

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing curved wooden element

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail of verso)

  • Views of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection documenting changes in appearance from 1969 to 2013

    Views of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) documenting changes in appearance from 1969 to 2013. Photos taken in 1969, 1999, 2010, and 2013

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing red wooden element

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail of verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection showing the mirror without the fabric veil

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing 1964 catalogue number

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail of verso)

  • Details of fabric in Robert Rauschenberg's Collection with a shirt of similar material

    Composite showing details from Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) alongside a shirt created of printed fabric similar to that used in the artwork

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing notation of price

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail of verso)

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (verso) showing fading of fabric

    Composite of two details showing fading of fabric on verso of Robert Rauschenbergs Collection (1954/1955). SFMOMA Conservation Department files

  • Collection

    Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, Sat Jan 01 12:00:00 PST 1983; oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas, 80 in. x 96 in. x 3 1/2 in. (203.2 cm x 243.84 cm x 8.89 cm); Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


SFMOMA archivist Maryse Posenaer wrote to Rauschenberg's longtime art dealer Ileana Sonnabend in September 1983 to inquire about the provenance of Collection and its early exhibition history at Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris. In letters sent during the following two months, Ms. Sonnabend recounts the ownership history of the work as it passed from Rauschenberg to his friend, writer David Myers, and on to Sonnabend before finally entering the SFMOMA collection. She also recalls various exhibitions in which the work appeared, including two held in 1964 (one at her Paris gallery and another in London) and a 1971 show in Nuremberg, Germany. Recent research confirms that Collection was shown in Paris and London in 1964, as Sonnabend indicated, but in exhibitions other than those she mentions. See full exhibition and ownership history on the artworks Overview page.