‘Jasper and I used to start each day by having to move out from Abstract expressionism. We were the only people who were not intoxicated with [them].’
In the early 1950s, at the height of the Abstract expressionist movement, a new avant-garde began to emerge from a relationship between two young artists. From their run-down New York studios, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns began a private creative dialogue that introduced everyday signs, objects, and media into their work, collapsing the distinction between art and life. While their relationship would end after seven years, their art would continue to radiate the new ideas of their creative exchange.
This exhibition will draw upon the National Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Collection of prints with works by both artists produced between 1967–1973, and holdings of key works by their predecessors and contemporaries.
Curator: David Greenhalgh, Kenneth E Tyler Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings.
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