Bernice Rose on Robert Rauschenberg’s Arcadian Retreats, 1997

Related to Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996

Bernice Rose on Robert Rauschenberg’s Arcadian Retreats, 1997

Related to Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996

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In this essay, written for a catalogue published in conjunction with the first exhibition of the Arcadian Retreats, art historian Bernice Rose links the series to the legend of Alexander the Great. She argues that in these works Rauschenberg is drawing on the tradition of Renaissance wall paintings, a form that represents a “visual parallel to epic poetry,” to develop deeply layered works that reference memory, time, and identity.

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