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

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

View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (IV) (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 IV in parentheses following the title indicates that this is the fourth 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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