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TIME: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
June 8-August 11. Tuesday-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. During a career that spanned more than five decades, Robert
Rauschenberg (1925-2008) reshaped art in the 20th century, ushering in a
new era of postwar American art. In 1964, he became the first American
and youngest artist to win the prestigious Venice Biennale Grand Prize.
He was also the first living American artist to be featured by Time
magazine on its cover. Ruminations is a print series of nine works published by
Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), West Islip, New York, that
includes images of important figures and events from the artist's young
life. Rauschenberg always provided a sense of his personal being through
his work, but this series is rare for its directness. Although what the
content implies is ambiguous, it is clear that these images are
introspective representations of those figures and moments that were
important to him. He returned to the more restrained gray palette used
in prints from the 1960s and depicted scenes from his childhood
including his parents Ernest and Dora, his sister Janet, his former wife
Susan Weil and their son Christopher, Steven Paxton, Cy Twombly, John
Cage, Jasper Johns, Tatyana Grosman, Leo Castelli and Ileana Sonnabend.