For more than fifty years, American artist Robert Rauschenberg has created art using both traditional and nontraditional materialsoften in combination. To understand how he worked, ARTnews sent a reporter in 1962 to meet Rauschenberg at his studio. There the thirty-seven-year-old artist was at the beginning of a "combine-painting" that he ultimately titled Inside-Out. Bringing together such items as a mirror, embossed tin, and a tricycle wheel and assembling them on a wood structure mounted on four casters, Rauschenberg created a freestanding sculpture from trash found in his lower Manhattan neighborhood. While working on Inside-Out, Rauschenberg took this photograph by aiming his camera at the mirror in the piece. Like so much of his work, Inside-Out creates a visual situation that implicates the viewer in the object itself.
Gelatin silver print, 1962 (printed 2002)
Variant published April 1963
©Robert Rauschenberg/licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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