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Rauschenberg

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, is presenting Robert Rauschenberg, Erasing the Rules. Not only was Rauschenberg one of the leading lights of 20th century American art, he was — at least to me — the artist who changed art from A to B.

A is what you see on the canvas, the sculpture, the fresco.

B is what you don’t see, but you know or intuit lies beneath what you don’t see … because there’s not much there to see.

Rauschenberg’s “Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953)” is B’s exemplar. In a plain frame hangs what once was a sketch by William de Kooning. Line by line, Rauschenberg erased it. Though little more than a blank paper, it is among SFMOMA’s most treasured works. There’s nothing to see here, Folks!

You  can see (and not see) for yourself through March 25, 2018.

 

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