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Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg

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Calvin Tomkins first discovered the work of Robert Rauschenberg in the late 1950s, when he began to look seriously at contemporary art. While gazing at Rauschenberg's painting Double Feature, Tomkins felt compelled to make some kind of literal connection to the work, and it is in that sprit that "for the last forty years it's been [his] ambition to write about contemporary art not as a critic or a judge, but as a participant." Tomkins has spent many of those years writing about Robert Rauschenberg, whom he rapidly came to see as "one of the most inventive and influential artists of his generation." So it seemed natural to make Rauschenberg the focus of Off the Wall, which deals with the radical changes that have made advanced visual art such a powerful force in the world.

Off the Wall chronicles the astonishingly creative period of the 1950s and 1960s, a high point in American art. In his in his collaborations with Merce Cunningham and John Cage, and as a pivotal figure linking abstract expressionism and pop art, Rauschenberg was part of a revolution during which artists moved art off the walls of museums and galleries and into the center of the social scene. Rauschenberg's vitally important and productive career spans this revolution, reaching beyond it to the present day. Featuring the artists and the art world surrounding Rauschenberg--from Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, together with dealers Betty Parsons, and Leo Castelli, and the patron Peggy Guggenheim--Tomkins's stylish and witty portrait of one of America's most original and inspiring artists is fascinating, enlightening, and very entertaining.

About the Author

Calvin Tomkins, a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960, has written more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Living Well Is the Best Revenge, Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bride and the Bachelors, and his highly acclaimed biography Duchamp. He lives in New York city with his wife Dodie Kazanjian.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition

Venice, 1964

Port Arthur

Mostly Messes

Black Mountain

Tragedy, Ecstasy, Doom, and So On

White Numbers

A Place Where Art Goes On

John Cage

Feticci Personali

Enfant Terrible

Dancers

Jasper Johns

Why Not Sneeze?

Moving Out

Towards Theater

Into the Sixties

Hot and Cold Heroes

The Construction of Boston

Recognition

The Sistine on Broadway

Incidents of Travel in Europe and Asia

Nine Evenings

The Not So Great Society

"There is no solution because there is no problem"--Marcel DuChamp

End of an Era

Captiva

Everything in Sight (Rauschenberg Revisited, 2004-2005)

Appendix

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312425852
Subtitle:
A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
Author:
Tomkins, Calvin
Author:
Tompkins, Calvin
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
American
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Art, american
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Artists -- United States.
Subject:
Art, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised and Updated
Publication Date:
20051129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus a 16-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.14 x 5.54 x 1 in

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