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Robert Rauschenberg's accounts of the making of Erased de Kooning Drawing

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Robert Rauschenberg’s accounts of the making of Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953). SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

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Rauschenberg’s narrative of the making of Erased de Kooning Drawing is central to understanding the artwork. The story was first fully published in 1964, eleven years after he completed the erasure; before then it had traveled by word of mouth. A charismatic storyteller, Rauschenberg repeated his engaging tale numerous times over the course of his life, maintaining the same key details. This reference sheet identifies the primary published and unpublished accounts, including the version in SFMOMA’s 1999 interview with the artist.

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