Discussion Questions: Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection

Photograph of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (1954/1955) in 2010, prior to the 2012 conservation treatment of the veil

  1. How would you describe this piece to a person who can’t see it?
  2. The artist said, “A picture is more like the real world when it is made out of the real world.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
  3. What “real world” objects can you find in this work?
  4. Do you think the artist carefully organized and planned this work, or do you think he randomly put objects together? What do you see that makes you say that?
  5. What title would you give this work? What is your response to the title given by the artist?

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