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Robert Rauschenberg

Castelli Uptown And Downtown

My reservations regarding Robert Rauschenberg’s Cardbirds and Cardboards must be understood within a larger view which regards these works as his best efforts in nearly a decade. The Cardbirds and Cardboards evidently revert to Rauschenberg’s Expressionist position of 1958–62 when, I think I can fairly say, Rauschenberg was an artist of genius. Like his work of that time, Cardbirds engage the Expressionist collision of street detritus—Rauschenberg refers to cardboard as “a material of waste and softness.” The present fundamentalist-Constructivist solutions take their clue from the rich period of the combine paintings. As Rauschenberg once was able to tie together disparate objects with a casual and virile nonchalance, once again the memory of his street life Constructivism is echoed in the cardboard boxes diffidently tied to the wall-hung cardboard construction. But, that his Expressionist

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