Bathroom Window (Broadway Studio)

Robert Rauschenberg

Port Arthur, Texas, USA, 1925 - Tampa, Florida, USA, 2008
  • Series: 
    Portfolio "Rauschenberg/Photographs", New York, Sonnabend Editions, 1980
  • Date: 
    1961 / Later print, 1979
  • Technique: 
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • Dimensions: 
    Image: 30 x 30,3 cm / Support: 34,5 x 34,5 cm
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Robert Rauschenberg started out as a photographer and continued as one for his whole life: “I’ve never stopped being a photographer” he once said. At the beginning, he could not decide whether he wanted to be a painter or a photographer, and was obsessed by an unattainable project: photographing his country inch by inch. At Black Mountain College he met photographers such as Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan and also took his first photographs, which included Quiet House – Black Mountain College (1949), a diagonal stream of light on the wall of an empty room. This work is also part of the Rauschenberg/Photographs portfolio, published by the Sonnabend Gallery, New York in 1980, which contains 12 photographs dated from the 1950s. Rauschenberg’s wish was to work “in the gap between art and life” - probably his best-known and most widely quoted phrase. Right from the beginning, photography was the procedure he chose to fill the gap, although it was not the only one. According to the artist himself, his interest in photography came about because of a personal conflict between curiosity and shyness, and he used the camera to defend himself.

Horacio Fernández