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Robert Rauschenberg

Title
The Joy of Art
Artist
Robert Rauschenberg, 22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
Publisher
Time Inc.
Sitter
Robert Rauschenberg, 22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
Date
1976
Type
Periodical
Medium
Photomechanical reproduction
Dimensions
Magazine: 27.7 x 21.1 x 0.4 cm (10 7/8 x 8 5/16 x 3/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ellen G. Miles
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY © Time Inc
Object number
S/NPG.2010.12
Exhibition Label
The Joy of Art
This Time cover, taken from a collage self-portrait by the artist Robert Rauschenberg, plays off the 1970s best-selling book The Joy of Sex, suggesting the ways in which artistic creativity could be equally as exciting—and productive. By the 1970s Rauschenberg was firmly established as a major American artist, and he poses himself against artifacts both from his artistic career and scenes from his life on Captiva Island, Florida. The two figures on the upper left are Rauschenberg and his then-partner Terry Van Brunt, the latter rendered ambiguously invisible by the lettering of Time’s cover, suggesting that the joy of sex did not extend to gay men.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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