Rauschenberg continued to experiment with new techniques throughout his long career. In the early ’90s he began making transfers of digital images from inkjet printers, a technique used to powerful effect here. The entire piece was completed on one day – his seventy-second birthday – and is deeply personal, featuring places and key periods of the artist’s life, placed either side of an x-ray of his body.
Mirthday Man [Anagram (A Pun)]
314 x 459.1 cm
Date of work
Original: Inkjet dye and pigment transfer on polylaminate 314 x 459.1 cm Collection Faurschou Foundation © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/DACS
One of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art, Robert Rauschenberg was a pioneering artist who ultimately challenged perceptions of what art could be. Born in Texas in 1925 he later moved to New York, where he created many of his best-known works. Endlessly curious and inventive, his work ranged from painting and sculpture to performance and dance. His refusal to accept existing boundaries of what was considered art led him to continually experiment with new techniques, from innovative printing methods to incorporating found objects and detritus in his works. This radical approach prefigured pop art and inspired generations of conceptual artists in the decades that followed.