Installation View

Installation view B of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form], SFMOMA, 1999

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  • Installation view B of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> [black painting with portal form], SFMOMA, 1999

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53) in Robert Rauschenberg, SFMOMA, May 7–September 7, 1999

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] showing newspaper clippings

    Composite of two details showing newspaper clippings in Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53)

  • Detail of a clipping in Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] alongside article

    Composite showing a detail of a clipping embedded in the surface of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53) alongside the original New York Times article

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    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53) in Rauschenberg: The White and Black Paintings 1949–1952, Larry Gagosian Gallery, New York, April 18–May 31, 1986

  • Installation view A of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form], SFMOMA, 1999

    Installation view of Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53) in Robert Rauschenberg, SFMOMA, May 7–September 7, 1999

  • Installation view B of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form], SFMOMA, 1999

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [black painting with portal form] (1952–53) in Robert Rauschenberg, SFMOMA, May 7–September 7, 1999

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] showing variety of paint

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [black painting with portal form], 1952–53 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] showing alternate orientation

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [black painting with portal form], 1952–53 (alternate orientation)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] cracks and spidering

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [black painting with portal form], 1952–53 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [black painting with portal form] showing nailed canvas

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [black painting with portal form], 1952–53 (detail)

  • Untitled [black painting with portal form]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [black painting with portal form], Sat May 08 00:00:00 PDT 1999; oil, enamel, and newspaper on canvas, 51 1/8 in. x 54 1/4 in. (129.86 cm x 137.8 cm); Promised gift of an anonymous donor; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


In 1998, SFMOMA acquired fourteen artworks by Rauschenberg, including an unparalleled selection of his works from the early 1950s. In this installation view of the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg (May 7–September 7, 1999), Untitled [black painting with portal form] is seen at right on the back wall. Also pictured are White Painting [three panel] (1951) and Mother of God (ca. 1950) at left, and Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951) at right.