Robert Rauschenberg’s death Monday night at his home on Captiva Island has prompted the Miami Art Museum to install one of the shape-shifting artist’s acrylic on copper paintings at the entrance of its plaza level galleries in his memory.
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Executed in 1986, Untitled measures a little more than six-by-three feet. The last time it was seen at MAM was during the museum’s Big Juicy Paintings show in 2006. MAM's last Rauschenberg exhibition, Scenarios in 2005, did not include the work, which was donated to MAM by Rauschenberg’s friend and fellow artist James Rosenquist.
“Rauschenberg was noted for his infectious enthusiasm and for his willingness to take risks and push boundaries,” MAM Director Terence Riley said in a statement. “His eagerness to explore ‘the gap between art and life’ in an astonishing variety of forms and media made him among the most influential artists of our time.” A museum spokesman says the painting will be up until early June. --Frank Houston