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View of Robert Rauschenberg's Merce with signature and inscription visible

Related to Merce, 1953, printed 1981

View of Robert Rauschenbergs Merce (1953) with the artist's signature and a studio inscription visible below the photograph

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The signature and inscription visible here are typically hidden under a mat board when the photograph is exhibited. Rauschenberg signed the photograph, and his studio assistant Bradley Jeffries added the title, date, and “#2” (indicating that this is the second print of this photo to be made). Although it is inscribed 1952, recent research by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation confirms a date of 1953 based on the date when Cunningham first occupied the studio where the picture was taken. This print was made in 1981.

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