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

Related to Collection, 1954/1955

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

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This small wooden element attached to the top of Collection retains layers of paint and multiple nail holes that hint at its previous life as part of a sign frame or architectural decoration. In Collection, Rauschenberg deftly assimilated the inherent colors, shapes, and textures of an array of found materials into the overall composition—the blue-gray of this small element is echoed in paint swirls on the work’s surface.

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