Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was a groundbreaking and influential American artist who worked in diverse mediums over a six-decade career, including painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and printmaking. This exhibition highlights Rauschenberg’s extended artistic interest in China, from photographs made during his first trip there 1982 to the final large-scale graphic works he completed shortly before his death: The Lotus Series.
It also explores the artist’s commitment to human rights and freedom of artistic expression through the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI), an international project he undertook in ten countries—including China—between 1984 and 1991.
Sponsored by Harvey and Jennifer Peyton.
Presented at the Art Museum of WVU in collaboration with independent curator Florence Tone and collector Kevin Pottorf, Robert Rauschenberg’s former studio assistant.
IMAGE: Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008)
Lotus Bed II (The Lotus Series), 2008
Inkjet pigment on paper
From an edition of 50, published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
©Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Universal Limited Art Editions