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View of Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I) with inscription and signature

Related to Cy + Roman Steps (I–V), 1952, printed ca. 1997

View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I) (1952) with inscription and signature visible below the photograph

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Cy + Roman Steps (I–V) is a single artwork comprising a sequence of five photographs, each of which is individually signed, inscribed, and numbered. In the inscription seen here, the roman numeral I in parentheses following the title indicates that this is the first of the five images that make up the artwork. The “#4” following the date denotes that this image is part of the fourth set printed in a planned edition of 50. There are five known sets of Cy + Roman Steps (I–V); all of them were printed after 1981. SFMOMA’s set is believed to have been made in 1997 for exhibition in the artist’s retrospective later that year.

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