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Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel], SFMOMA, 2008

Related to White Painting [three panel], 1951

Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting [three panel] (1951) in the SFMOMA exhibition The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (November 8, 2008–February 8, 2009). Henning Lohner and Van Carlson’s 4'33" in Berlin (with John Cage), raw material video pictures catalogue number 001 (1990) is on the monitor at left, and a performance of John Cage’s 4'33" is taking place in the foreground. Pictured artworks: © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; © Henning Lohner and Van Carlson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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For SFMOMA’s exhibition The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (November 8, 2008–February 8, 2009), White Painting [three panel] was paired with periodically scheduled performances of John Cage’s 4'33". The relationship between Cage’s silent composition and Rauschenberg’s series of White Paintings is the subject of much scholarship, but rarely are the two experienced together. Complementing the two works, Henning Lohner and Van Carlson’s 4'33" in Berlin (with John Cage), raw material video pictures catalogue number 001 (1990), a video portrait of and homage to Cage, appears on the monitor at left.

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