Detail of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] showing unpainted newspaper fragment

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

Detail of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled [glossy black painting] showing unpainted newspaper fragment

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

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [glossy black painting], ca. 1951 (detail)

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Artwork Detail

Rauschenberg used a range of techniques to create the highly articulated textures on the surface of Untitled [glossy black painting]. In some areas, he dipped crumpled newspaper into paint and attached it to the canvas; in other sections he brushed or drizzled paint over areas of previously applied newspaper. Although the vast majority of the surface is completely covered with black paint, this detail reveals a small area of exposed newspaper.

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