Robert Rauschenberg screenprints featured at Marsh Art Gallery 

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Through Dec. 16, the Marsh Art Gallery is featuring in its corridor four large Robert Rauschenberg screenprints from his Speculations series of 1996-1997. Rauschenberg, the American artist who was an important bridge between the 20th-century art movements of abstract expressionism and pop art, remains a major influence on late 20th century art. Utilizing lithography to transfer parts of computer-generated photographic images that were used to make color separations for the screenprints, Rauschenberg continues his collagelike representations of the everyday world. Bicycles, clotheslines, front porches, lawn chairs — all seamlessly meld together through the artist's competent printing methods. Despite the modern technological advances employed, the works seem to reference an earlier era, that of the 1950s and '60s. They have a jumpy, frozen filmlike aspect redolent of watching an old home movie on a silent projector. The four works have been added to the permanent collection of the Harnett Print Study Center, which is part of the University of Richmond museums. — Jenny Ramirez.


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