I’m trying to get to Robert Rauschenberg via the Swiss art dealer Bruno Bischofberger, whom we met at the Factory as he encouraged an artistic collaboration between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. That was in the autumn of 1982.

Some seventeen years previous, the Galerie Bruno Bischofberger Zürich shows American Pop Art by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. 

Now here’s where it gets tricky. There’s some sort of pop-artish subculture going on in New York City at the same time. It’s well-documented, especially by the photographer Bob Adelman, who has a website dedicated to Warhol-world parties in 1965.  I don’t know all that much about that art scene, other than from a book I read about (Warhol sidekick) Edie Sedgewick a long time ago.

Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol enjoy a laugh at a party at Rauschenberg’s studio/apartment. NYC 1965.

So this post is really just introducing the next post on Robert Rauschenberg, whose early work (in the 1950s) may have set the stage for 1960s pop art scene, according to Wiki:

Rauschenberg is well known for his “Combines” of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993.

Canyon, Robert Rauschenberf, 1959