Artwork Guide: Robert Rauschenberg

American, 1925–2008

Robert Rauschenberg was born in 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas. When Rauschenberg was a kid, his mother made his clothes out of scraps of fabric. Scraps of fabric are one of the many unexpected materials Rauschenberg used to make works of art—he liked to experiment with materials that other artists didn’t usually use, in ways that were new. He also worked with other artists, including dancers and musicians, as well as scientists and engineers. In his art, Robert Rauschenberg often used everyday materials that most people might think of as garbage. At one time, Rauschenberg said he would only use materials he could gather from the streets around his studio.


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