Robert Rauschenberg's Queer Modernism: The Early Combines and Decoration

Folland, Tom
December 2010
Art Bulletin;Dec2010, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p348
Academic Journal
An article discussing the life and artistic style of artist Robert Rauschenberg is presented. The author examines the critical reception of Rauschenberg's work, addressing themes of sexual identity and challenges to traditional masculinity in the artist's collages. The author believes these collages, which were called "Combines" and created out of found art objects, helped bridge the gap between modern and postmodern art in the 20th century. A biography of the artist, the influence Rauschenberg's sexual orientation had on his work, and photographs of the artwork discussed in the text are also included.


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