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Detail of third panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

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  • Detail of third panel of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Autobiography</em>

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1991

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography (1968) in Robert Rauschenberg: Print Survey in Themes, 1952–1992, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, October 7–December 4, 1992. Photo: Dorothy Zeidman, courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

  • Detail of first panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Detail of second panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Detail of third panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, Tue Jan 03 00:00:00 PST 2012; offset lithograph, 198 3/4 in. x 48 3/4 in. (504.8 cm x 123.81 cm); Gift of Marion B. Javits, Robert Rauschenberg, and Milton Glaser; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Broadside Art, Inc.


The third panel of Autobiography features references to the most important geographic locations of Rauschenberg’s life up to 1968: Texas and New York. A map of the Gulf of Mexico, just south of his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas; an inverted view of the New York skyline; and an image of rooftop water towers surround a photo of Rauschenberg roller-skating in his 1963 performance Pelican, his first effort as principal choreographer. The photo of the water towers was taken from the roof of the artist’s Lafayette Street studio, his eighth location in New York City. A map of Rauschenberg’s New York studios is available on the Related Information page.