Catastrophe


Robert Rauschenberg, (Port Arthur, Texas, 1925 – 2008, Captiva, Florida), American
Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat)
1996
inkjet transfer and wax on fresco panels
111in x 75in

One of the largest of the twenty-five works in Robert Rauschenberg’s Arcadian Retreat series, Catastrophe (1996).┬áComprising three plaster panels, the work has a post and lintel structure that evokes the classical art and architecture. Intermingling images of an urban building facade, rusty food cans, and a cast-off table. Musicians, animals, and blooming roses complete the composite landscape, suggesting a cycle of regeneration despite the ruin invoked by the work’s title.

Robert Rauschenberg, (Port Arthur, Texas, 1925 – 2008, Captiva, Florida), American. Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat). 1996. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/ASFMOMAIG_10313976570

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