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Rauschenberg : Canyon, Paperback / softback Book

Rauschenberg : Canyon Paperback / softback

Part of the MoMA One on One Series series


In the mid-1950s, declaring "there is no reason not to consider the world as a gigantic painting," Robert Rauschenberg began a series of radical experiments with what he called "Combines," a term he coined to describe works that fused cast-off items like quilts or rubber tires with traditional supports. "Canyon" (1959), one of the artist's best-known Combines, is a large canvas affixed with paper, fabric, metal, personal photographs, wood, mirrors and one very striking object: a large stuffed bald eagle, wings outstretched, carrying a drooping pillow, and balanced upon a wooden plank jutting out from the canvas. "Canyon" is one of six Combines in MoMA's collection, and a landmark work that helped to revolutionize art in the postwar period.

An essay by curator Leah Dickerman explores the legacy of this extraordinary piece, and places it within a key period in Rauschenberg's career.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrated in colour throughout
  • Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
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  • Category: Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
  • ISBN: 9780870708947



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