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Robert Rauschenberg

Leo Castelli Gallery Downtown

Without the wall label you might never have guessed: there are many other artists to whom you might have attributed these pieces of silky fabric entangled with sanded bamboo poles, leaned against walls and carefully draped into pockets. You certainly would have taken a while to guess that these are the latest very uncharacteristic productions of Robert Rauschenberg. At the same time it is difficult to get over a sense of the artist dressing too young, stylistically, although any younger artist who executed pieces like these would never have been in a position to do so except for Rauschenberg’s innovations.

The pieces are characterized by the same pleasure in pure material that animated Rauschenberg’s recent constructs from cardboard boxes and his experiments in manufacturing paper for his prints. One thing is clear from this generally baffling group: Rauschenberg continues to make a career

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