González Prize 2004/2005 – Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Rauschenberg - 2004/2005
Robert Rauschenberg is an American artist, born in 1928 in Texas. The González prize is awarded to him three years before his death in 2008. His work draws from two fundaments of modernism: collage and ready-made.
The González Prize exhibition assembles 28 works from the series “Gluts”, dated 1985. This ensemble of sheet metal, debris, licence plates and other materials are vestiges of the “glut”, or surplus of supply, in the oil industry, which caused a recession in the mid-1980s. Using these abandoned objects, Rauschenberg creates reliefs and sculptures, often colorful and dynamic, transformed into “souvenirs without nostalgia”.