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ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG • Works on Metal
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
November 1st - December 13th, 2014
Few Fine Art galleries can invest their time curating collections of art that look backward. Careers need to be molded. Bills need to be paid. Overall, it’s not cost effective to spotlight a non-living artist in a way like a museum would where someone curates a portion of a Fine Artist’s body-of-work and finds a way to apply a narrative that is newly relevant.
However, the Gagosian Gallery is not most galleries.
Often shaming the curatorial-thinking retailed at other galleries and museums in Los Angeles, the Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills is known for walking a fine line between presenting Fine Art Angelinos will take the time to understand and educating a populous so focused on the one industry that defines the town that that thinking outside of their own experience seems to ‘hurt them’ in ways that don't normally affect a metropolis of this size.
It’s a delicate balance and the current exhibition of art from Combine artist Robert Rauschenberg at the Gagosian is one of these shows.
Not new, actually decades old, the current exhibition at the Gagosian Beverly Hills hosts a collection of Rauschenberg’s works created using metal components. Nostalgic, poetic, somber, formal and yet casual in the way they’re collaged, these works by Rauschenberg are from the 80s and 90s. Assembled by way of paint on metallic substrates, these works include urban vestiges and manufactured elements. The result feels worn and warm, and familiar and textured and spacial, and their influence on the Fine Art being made by other artists during the last ten years is obvious.
About his work, Robert Rauschenberg was quoted as having said “I like seeing people using materials that one’s not accustomed to seeing in art. That has a particular value. New materials have fresh associations, physical properties and qualities that have built into them the possibility of forcing you or helping you do something else.”
Rorbert Rauschenberg • Works on Metal was on display at the Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
from November 1st through December 13th, 2014.
All artwork by Robert Rauschenberg
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Review is © Ron Barbagallo 2014
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG • WORKS ON METAL
© 2014 Ron Barbagallo
All Artwork © Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
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The author would like to thank Alexandra Magnuson, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California for her help in assembling this work.
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