Cover image for Rauschenberg, art and life
Rauschenberg, art and life
Kotz, Mary Lynn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : H.N. Abrams, 1990.
Physical Description:
320 pages ; 28 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
N6537.R27 K67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



Iconoclastic, generous, inventive, impulsive, sensitive, gregarious, prodigious, always amazing these are just some of the words to describe Robert Rauschenberg and the art he has been making for the past 40 years. In this book the only fully illustrated account of his life prepared with his full cooperation we come face to face with Rauschenberg, one of the towering artists of the twentieth century.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Kotz traces the life and career of American artist Robert Rauschenberg through a narrative that investigates the various stages, developments, and experiments of his artistic life. Beginning with some of Rauschenberg's latest activities around the world involving prints created in the cause of cultural exchange, Kotz also covers his work as a theatrical designer and performer. Rauschenberg's more recognizable efforts as painter, printmaker, and sculptor--these media are very much mixed in many of his works--are also well documented, both in Kotz's descriptions and in a series of excellent illustrations. Some details of the artist's private life are noted, but this is a thoroughly professional account that effectively focuses on Rauschenberg's varied creations. Notes, chronology, bibliography; index. ~--John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rauschenberg, enfant terrible of American modernism in the 1950s and '60s, is now an ambassador for global good will. ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange), an organization he founded in 1984, sponsors art exhibits and fosters cross-cultural collaborations with the aim of promoting world peace. Kotz's admiring, richly illustrated biography-cum-appreciation of ``Poppa Pop'' charts his boyhood escape from the conformity of the oil town of Port Arthur, Tex., his formative years at Black Mountain College, his political activism in the service of civil rights and peace, and above all, his restless experimentation blurring the boundaries of painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. A contributing editor to ARTnews , Kotz scans the varied facets of Rauschenberg's output, including his color drawings for Dante's Inferno , his sets for Merce Cunningham's dances, the cardboard-box constructions and the sensual fabric collages and mud sculptures inspired by a 1975 trip to India. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In this newly revised, remarkably engaging, and richly illustrated biography of the Texas-born artist whose works have become synonymous with innovation, Kotz (Upstairs at the White House) presents Rauschenberg's life and 40-year career creating works in a wide range of technologically inspired media. Published on the eve of an exhibition at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery in New York (January-February 2005), the book offers only one wholly new chapter-the last, which covers the more than 1,751 works that Rauschenberg has made since 1990, when the first edition of this text was released. The book features a brief foreword and more extensive end matter, including a chronology, a bibliography, and lists of selected awards, honors, museum collections, and exhibitions-all of which have been fully updated. Large public, academic, and special libraries not owning the first edition or needing additional copies of this classic will want to purchase. Highly recommended.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Rauschenberg has been a mainstay in contemporary art since the 1960s, generating an impressive outflow of publications about his eventful life and his ceaselessly innovative work. The first edition of Rauschenberg, Art and Life (CH, Mar'91, 28-3697) was hailed as definitive. Many other meritorious books have been produced on the artist during the past 15 years, adding considerably to the literature available on him. However, Rauschenberg, Art and Life continues to be a key source in understanding the man's motivation and persona. Given this assessment, the revised edition, with an additional chapter covering Rauschenberg's work since 1990, is most welcome. Kotz, an experienced art journalist, has provided an updated text that is seamlessly fresh, readable, and intimate. With 200 illustrations, 92 in full color, the revised edition documents not only new work but expands on photographs that engage readers in Rauschenberg's rich life experiences. This large-format, beautifully designed book is a viewing experience in itself and includes a chronology, a selected bibliography, and lists of professional activities. It is a must for libraries committed to contemporary art if they do not own the first edition or have limited material on this immensely influential American artist. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. J. A. Day University of South Dakota