Rauschenberg in Charleston
When Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) selected Charleston as one of six American cities to highlight in his monumental 1980 photography project, In + Out City Limits, the pioneering artist was returning to his artistic roots. Rauschenberg, along with fellow southerner, Jasper Johns, is renowned for disrupting New York’s Abstract Expressionist movement. His paintings, infused with commercial imagery and everyday objects, would presage the Pop Art movement. But long before he became known as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Rauschenberg found much of his inspiration through the lens of his Rollieflex camera. Rauschenberg in Charleston is on display at the Gibbes Museum of Art September 6 – January 5.