View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] showing white paint drips

Related to Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951

View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] showing white paint drips

Related to Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951

View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951) showing white paint drips, from a slide taken ca. 1970. Image courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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Archival Image

At some time in the early 1970s, white paint was accidentally splashed on Untitled [glossy black painting] (ca. 1951) by a housepainter working in Rauschenberg’s Lafayette Street studio. This image of the work turned on its side, made from an archival slide, documents the drips of white paint that marked the work’s surface until Rauschenberg covered it with a fresh coat of black paint. For further discussion of the changes made to the work, see the essay on Untitled [glossy black painting].

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