New York

Robert Rauschenberg

Leo Castelli and Sonnabend Galleries

Coinciding with his Museum of Modern Art retrospective, Robert Rauschenberg’s downtown show of new work was retrospective as well. Rauschenberg’s recent Scales and Spreads are large assemblages that incorporate virtually all the categories of images and objects we know from his pictures of the early and middle ’60s. A necessarily abbreviated list would include anatomical diagrams, athletes, birds and birds’ wings, celebrities, chairs, electronic circuitry, ladders, light bulbs, oars, boats and sails, tires and exotic animals. That Rauschenberg should return to these items is significant, since they had grown faint and intangible as of his Hoarfrost series, and had virtually disappeared (though they were remotely alluded to) in his Jammers group.

This is not to say that Rauschenberg has backtracked; in fact, a good deal of what characterized the Hoarfrosts and Jammers has been synthesized

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