Drawing in the Daily News: Politics and Temporality in Robert Rauschenberg's Early Solvent Transfers

Krčma, Ed (2022) Drawing in the Daily News: Politics and Temporality in Robert Rauschenberg's Early Solvent Transfers. American Art, 36. ISSN 1073-9300 (In Press)

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This article offers the first sustained exploration of a group of transfer drawings made by Robert Rauschenberg in 1958, a crucial moment in the artist’s long and influential career. The discussion is grounded in the discovery of Rauschenberg’s newspaper source material, which is presented here for the first time. These discoveries point to striking yet undisclosed patterns of reference within the works, enabling new interpretations and richer patterns of connection to the historical moment of their production. Perhaps more importantly, however, they reveal in the drawings a striking temporal compression: every transfer in one drawing, for example, was made from newspapers published on one single day. This aligns the drawings not just with the legible content of the newspaper, then, but also with its temporal logic. The article explores Rauschenberg’s embrace of contingency here, his appeal to and subversion of reading habits proper to the daily papers, and the role of intermittence and fragmentation in the work, alongside his motivated engagement with particular political themes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rauschenberg,drawing,newspaper,mass media,krčma,transfer,nehru,american art,1950s
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 14:52
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 14:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91588

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