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Robert Rauschenberg

BEYOND THEIR FOCUS on the same artist, two new books on Robert Rauschenberg would seem to have almost nothing in common. Robert S. Mattison’s Robert Rauschenberg: Breaking Boundaries positions the artist’s life, intentions, and studio practice as the keys to understanding his work. Its highly accessible text and generous color illustrations suggest the book’s suitability for coffee-table display. Branden W. Joseph’s Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde sets the artist’s early work within a dense context of Bergsonian philosophy, poststructuralist thought, and recent art-historical debate. The book’s abstruse prose, extensive footnotes, and sober, black-and-white reproductions recommend it to an audience of scholars and specialists.

Although Mattison teaches art history at the university level and the publisher of his book is a leading academic press, Breaking Boundaries

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