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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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Erasure and Addition

Erasure and Addition

Robert Rauschenberg 1953

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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Robert Rauschenberg was important for challenging traditional divisions in culture between high and low, for expanding the possibilities of what constituted a work of art. His work from 1953 was excessive in its devotion to experiment, ranging from single-color paintings to using various objects for sculptural works, and even including a “dirt painting” that needed to be watered. He had cajoled a drawing from the major artist Willem de Kooning. Rauschenberg then attempted to erase it, thereby transforming it into a new work of art called Erased de Kooning. In his work during this year he was attempting to distance himself from the establishment in art.

Keywords:   Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Erased de Kooning, Dirt Painting

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