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Robert Rauschenberg, contact sheet showing Cy Twombly in Rome, 1952
This contact sheet is part of the SFMOMA Rauschenberg research project. What’s interesting is the widely seen photograph of Twombly at the Musei Capitolini (Cy + Relics) is on the same roll of film as Cy + Roman Steps (I-V). They are at a similar location in Rome, so it’s not much of a surprise that they were taken on the same afternoon. Another hint is Twombly is wearing the same outfit. I’ve never seen the full-size frame of Twombly looking down.
Nicholas Cullinan’s essay on Cy + Roman Steps (I-V) offers interesting pieces of information that I wasn’t aware of. First, Twombly had applied as a photographer for the fellowship trip to Rome. Rauschenberg helped him make portfolio prints. (Do these prints exist?) Second, there’s discussion of Muybridge’s influence on this work. Rauschenberg owned several Muybridge prints at the time and gifted Twombly a Muybridge. And Cullinan’s 2007 interviews with Twombly in Italy revealed that Muybridge (as well as Duchamp) was an influence on the Treatise on the Veil paintings.
See previously, review of Cy Twombly: Photographs 1951-2007

Fascinated by this kind of archival material? You simply must check out our Rauschenberg Research Project!

    bremser:

    Robert Rauschenberg, contact sheet showing Cy Twombly in Rome, 1952

    This contact sheet is part of the SFMOMA Rauschenberg research project. What’s interesting is the widely seen photograph of Twombly at the Musei Capitolini (Cy + Relics) is on the same roll of film as Cy + Roman Steps (I-V). They are at a similar location in Rome, so it’s not much of a surprise that they were taken on the same afternoon. Another hint is Twombly is wearing the same outfit. I’ve never seen the full-size frame of Twombly looking down.

    Nicholas Cullinan’s essay on Cy + Roman Steps (I-V) offers interesting pieces of information that I wasn’t aware of. First, Twombly had applied as a photographer for the fellowship trip to Rome. Rauschenberg helped him make portfolio prints. (Do these prints exist?) Second, there’s discussion of Muybridge’s influence on this work. Rauschenberg owned several Muybridge prints at the time and gifted Twombly a Muybridge. And Cullinan’s 2007 interviews with Twombly in Italy revealed that Muybridge (as well as Duchamp) was an influence on the Treatise on the Veil paintings.

    See previously, review of Cy Twombly: Photographs 1951-2007

    Fascinated by this kind of archival material? You simply must check out our Rauschenberg Research Project!

    Posted on Monday, August 5th 2013

    Reblogged from it's never summer

    “One lucky shopper stumbled upon the art find of a lifetime when he purchased a bundle of unidentified sketches at a rummage sale in Las Vegas. At the time, Andy Fields, 49, had no idea that he was buying what experts believe is a previously unknown work by Andy Warhol. That’s why he paid less than $5 for it.
But now the early pop art sketch, thought to have been completed by Warhol when he was 10 or 11 years old, is up for sale on eBay for a whopping $1.9 million.” Read more→

    One lucky shopper stumbled upon the art find of a lifetime when he purchased a bundle of unidentified sketches at a rummage sale in Las Vegas. At the time, Andy Fields, 49, had no idea that he was buying what experts believe is a previously unknown work by Andy Warhol. That’s why he paid less than $5 for it.

    But now the early pop art sketch, thought to have been completed by Warhol when he was 10 or 11 years old, is up for sale on eBay for a whopping $1.9 million.” Read more

    Posted on Monday, August 5th 2013

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This summer marks the first anniversary of the First Look: New Art Online series! The inaugural project in the series, Image Atlas (2012) crafted by Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz, was birthed out of Rhizome’s Seven on Seven Conference in April 2012.
The project investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local search engines around the world. Click here to view the work.
First Look: New Art Online is a monthly series of innovative online projects and new commissions.

    newmuseum:

    This summer marks the first anniversary of the First Look: New Art Online series! The inaugural project in the series, Image Atlas (2012) crafted by Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz, was birthed out of Rhizome’s Seven on Seven Conference in April 2012.

    The project investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local search engines around the world. Click here to view the work.

    First Look: New Art Online is a monthly series of innovative online projects and new commissions.

    Posted on Monday, August 5th 2013

    Reblogged from New Museum

    “Today, Vladivostok is a sister city to San Francisco. Nikita Khrushchev liked to compare the two places. It’s true, Vladivostok is hilly, foggy, and coastal, three terms that could also be applied to San Francisco. But it’s hard to imagine a San Francisco shaped by three decades of isolation. The dislocation I felt in Vladivostok was of both time and place.” – Sarah Hotchkiss muses on her recent trip to Russia on SFMOMA’s Open Space
Image: Kim Shkapich, John Hejduk, Vladivostok, 1989; offset lithograph; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the artist; © Kim Shkapich 

    “Today, Vladivostok is a sister city to San Francisco. Nikita Khrushchev liked to compare the two places. It’s true, Vladivostok is hilly, foggy, and coastal, three terms that could also be applied to San Francisco. But it’s hard to imagine a San Francisco shaped by three decades of isolation. The dislocation I felt in Vladivostok was of both time and place.” – Sarah Hotchkiss muses on her recent trip to Russia on SFMOMA’s Open Space

    Image: Kim Shkapich, John Hejduk, Vladivostok, 1989; offset lithograph; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the artist; © Kim Shkapich 

    Posted on Saturday, August 3rd 2013