Publisher: Los Angeles and Göttingen, Germany: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and Steidl Verlag, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / Near Fine
Item #: 107163
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Rauschenberg. Hardcover. Beige cloth-covered boards with title debossed on front cover, stamped in white on rear cover, and stamped in black and red on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Combines by Robert Rauschenberg. Organized by Paul Schimmel. Essays by Thomas Crow, Branden W. Joseph, Paul Schimmel and Charles Stuckey. Afterword by Pontus Hultén. Includes an inventory and exhibition history of Combines, and a selected bibliography of Combine-related works. Designed by Tracey Shiffman with Ari Young and Jenny Yee. 318 pp., with numerous four-color and black-and-white plates beautifully printed in Germany by Steidl.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; traveling to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
New in Near Fine dust jacket (1/8-inch closed tear at the top of the front fold, else Fine).
From the publisher: "Organized by Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, Robert Rauschenberg: Combines focuses on the Combines created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade in the artist's 50-year career. The most complete survey of these works ever mounted, the exhibition featured close to eighty key works drawn from major collections. Poetic and lush, the Combines present layers of complex and sometimes conflicting information. This prescient approach has become increasingly relevant in the current age of cascading information, when even the most groundbreaking artists are referencing and sampling disparate elements to create new forms. The Combines suggest the fragility of definitions, the fluidity of materials, and the complexity of forms that is characteristic of Rauschenberg's works. The artist's handling of materials provides a precise physical evolutionary link between the painterliness of Abstract Expressionism and iconographical, subject-driven qualities of early Pop Art. The book constitutes the most complete survey of the Combines ever presented, as well as the most rigorous analysis of their political, social, autobiographical, and aesthetic significance."