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RAUSCHENBERG COMBINE

155 ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG UNTITLED (COMBINE) 1958 1958 Oil on Solo paper cup lid mounted on cardboard Signature and date lower right; retains Leo Castelli label verso 11” x 8.75” Provenance:

IL SE GETZ-DA NES; P R I VAT E

CO LLECT ION, CA LI FORNI A

$100,000-150,000

American Abstract Expressionist and Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-1958) became famous for his Combines he created in the 1950s. Combines, a term Rauschenberg invented to define his mixed media collages, redefine the notion of a collage by granting a different role to commonplace objects. Untitled (Combine) 1958 features oil painting on a Solo coffee cup lid, which is mounted on paper within the artist’s frame. Untitled (Combine) 1958 was originally created for painter and collage artist Ilse Getz-Danes, a close friend of Rauschenberg. Ms. Getz-Danes’ husband, Gibson A. Danes, was chairman of the art department at UCLA from 1952-57, and was also a former dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture. Towards the end of his career, a close friend showed Rauschenberg this early Combine, and he commented with great affection on his friendship with Ilse during the formative years of his career. He spoke of himself as a young artist working with Leo Castelli in New York, arriving at the gallery one day to find Ilse downhearted because Castelli had just reprimanded her. To lift her spirits, he created Untitled (Combine) 1958, complete with a handmade frame. The work was exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in the 1960s, and has been in a private collection in Los Angeles since the early 1990s. Combine works are exceedingly rare on the market, however, few examples can be found in the collections of MOCA, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Literature: Schimmel, Paul. Robert Rauschenberg Combines. Los Angeles: The Musuem of Contemporary Art and Steidl Verlag, 2005. Pace, Eric. “Gibson Danes, Dean, 81 and Ilse Getz, Artist, 75” The New York Times 7 December 1992 Web. 18 Mar 11

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The June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature a number of highlights including a rare Robert Rauschenberg Combine from 1958, a...

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