With its lavish use of colour and incorporated objects such as fabric and newspaper, Yoicks is one of Rauschenberg’s most poignant and challenging works. It belongs to a collection of works known as his Red Paintings, defined by his use of red paint; fascinated by the ‘gaudiness’ of red, he chose the colour because it was, he said, the most difficult to work with.
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Date of work
Original: Oil, fabric, and newspaper on two canvases 243.8 x 182.9 cm Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of the artist © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
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.