Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Drawings for Dantes Inferno
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- Leah Dickerman
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Published in a limited edition of just 500 copies, Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante¬ís Inferno is a clothbound clamshell box containing a facsimile edition of Rauschenberg¬ís series of drawings from 1958¬ñ60, each reproduced at actual size on individual sheets. Rauschenberg made one drawing for each Canto, or section, of Dante¬ís poem The Inferno (1308¬ñ1321). Together they are a virtual encyclopedia of modern-day imagery, made by transferring photographic reproductions from magazines or newspapers onto the drawing surface. ¬ìI think a picture is more like the real world when it¬ís made out of the real world,¬î Rauschenberg said. With additional imagery in pencil, crayon, pastel, and collage, the drawings reflect Rauschenberg¬ís desire to infiltrate his art with the scenes and sounds of the surrounding world, a radical departure from the more transcendent ambitions of Abstract Expressionism.