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Robert Rauschenberg with Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] at SFMOMA, 1999

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  • Robert Rauschenberg with <em>Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)]</em> at SFMOMA, 1999

    Robert Rauschenberg with Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] (1998) in the SFMOMA galleries, 1999. Photo: Katy Raddatz, courtesy The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)], PaceWildenstein, New York, 1999

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] (1998) in Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams (A Pun), PaceWildenstein, New York, March 19–April 17, 1999. Photo: Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Robert Rauschenberg with Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] at SFMOMA, 1999

    Robert Rauschenberg with Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] (1998) in the SFMOMA galleries, 1999. Photo: Katy Raddatz, courtesy The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

  • Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)]

    Robert Rauschenberg, Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)], Sat May 01 12:00:00 PDT 1999; pigmented ink transfer on paper on aluminum panels, 123 3/4 in. x 180 in. (314.33 cm x 457.2 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


In May 1999 Rauschenberg visited SFMOMA for the opening of an exhibition featuring fourteen major works by the artist that the museum had recently acquired. Phyllis Wattis, an influential and generous museum benefactor, had helped spearhead the remarkable purchase, which made SFMOMA a prime location for research on the artist. Rauschenberg is seen here in front of Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] (1998), the most recently completed work among those acquired that year.