January 18, 2005 > University Gallery Exhibits Rare Works
University Gallery Exhibits Rare Works
by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson
They have been to the Guggenheim in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and now...Cal State Hayward?
From now until Jan. 22, "Robert Rauschenberg Artist Citizen: Posters for a Better World," will be on display in the University Art Gallery at the hilltop campus.
Lanier Graham, curator of the show and director of the gallery, has been granted permission to exhibit the original art posters of one of the greatest artists alive today.
The posters, from the artist's personal collection, are the "first exhibition of this aspect of his work," noted Graham. "They reveal an under-appreciated aspect of Rauschenberg's deep social consciousness."
Dubbed "the man who turned contemporary art on its head," Rauschenberg was born in 1925 and after years of donning different hats he settled on Artist. Beginning in the '50s, the artist sought new ways to express how he viewed the world. "I try to act in that gap between [art and life]," he once said.
The artist is famous for integrating painting and sculpture and for defining a style that bridged Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Rauschenberg integrated printing techniques, using photographs from newspapers and magazines, which he transferred to canvas by a silkscreen method. The artist juxtaposed images and mediums to create pieces he felt reflected the world: beautiful but skewed.
Combines, a term Rauschenberg coined for these well-known works that integrated aspects of painting and sculpture and would often include such objects as a stuffed eagle or goat, street signs, or a quilt and pillow.
"It is a special privilege to present an overview of this aspect of Rauschenberg's work for the first time. These images are vibrant evidence of how an artist can help improve the world in which we all live," said Graham of the influential artist.
Rauschenberg made a significant impact on the artwork of the latter half of the 20th century and a visit to the University Art Gallery at Cal State Hayward will explain why.
The University Art Gallery is located in the Art and Education Building on the Cal State Hayward campus located at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Fore more information call (510) 885-3299.
Throughout the '80s and '90s Rauschenberg continued his experimentation, concentrating primarily on collage and new ways to transfer photographs. In 1998 The Guggenheim Museum put on its largest exhibition ever with four hundred works by Rauschenberg, showcasing the breadth and beauty of his work, and its influence over the second half of the century. Rauschenberg lives in Florida and continues to work, bringing his sense of excitement and challenge into a new century.