The exhibition, Us Silkscreeners… takes the story of the very first silkscreen paintings
by Rauschenberg and Warhol as its point of departure, namely Rauschenberg’s Renascence and Warhol’s Dollar Bills Series, both completed in 1962. In the spring of that same year a meeting between the two artists took place, which marked the beginning of a new direction in photo transferring, that would not only impact the artist’s own career, but would also influence the art scene at large, thus, forming Rauschenberg and Warhol’s legacy. Despite employing silkscreens in different ways, both artists shared a common starting point that year, in 1962.
After more than five decades after Rauschenberg received the Golden Lion Award for his breakthrough practice with silkscreens in 1964, Faurschou Foundation is happy to return Rauschenberg to Venice – this time not only focusing on his silkscreens, but on his later series.
The exhibition will include a study room with film, books and further information on the two artists, silkscreens and the meeting in 1962. Faurschou Foundation will also produce an extended catalogue with writings and illustrations to narrate the full story of the earliest silkscreens by Rauschenberg and Warhol in contemporary art.
Building on the story of the very first silkscreens in contemporary art, the exhibition, Late Series, presents two artworks from some of the most important later series by Rauschenberg, amongst other Borealis, Urban Bourbon, Scenarios and his last one: Runts. A common thread for all series is the image transfer, which started in 1962 and since got developed and refined in multiple ways.
Robert Rauschenberg was one of the most influential artists of his time and still is. His approach to art was eclectic, consisting of multiple images, materials and photographs transferred or sculpted to the canvas with a large variety of different techniques. Rauschenberg wanted to reflect the world around him in his art and creative activities. Many of his latest works have resulted from lifelong exploration of image-transfer methods, as well as his open-minded attitude towards the world around him.
New Media (Virtual Reality Art)
At the same time Faurschou foundation presents new media works by the internationally acclaimed artists Paul McCarthy and Christian Lemmerz. Virtual Reality has made a successful entry onto the global market at an unusually fast pace. In the art world this medium is entering a groundbreaking period of creating and experiencing art. Khora Contemporary, a platform solely dedicated to virtual art (VR) created as a bridge between artists and Virtual Reality developers, collaborated with Paul McCarthy and Christian Lemmerz, the predecessors within the field, to produce astonishing new media works. Faurschou Foundation invites the visitor to enter new scenarios where the psychological and physical spheres overlap.
Faurschou Foundation houses a collection of contemporary art and runs a dynamic programme at its spaces in Copenhagen North Harbour and Beijing’s art district, 798. Faurschou Foundation constantly develops and expands the collection, to use their programme to answer artistic need, and give their visitors access to works by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Since its launch in 2012 Faurschou Foundation has presented solo exhibitions of many of today’s leading practitioners and key historic figures, including Yoko Ono, Peter Doig, Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Shirin Neshat, Gabriel Orozco, Danh Vo, and Bill Viola.
Robert Rauschenberg was the defining force in contemporary art for nearly sixty years, creating a wealth of art: painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and printmaking – working more varied than other artists of his time. For Rauschenberg, painting entailed not only using a brush, but also silkscreening, collaging, transferring, and imprinting, and he did so on the widest array of materials from canvas, board, and fabric to sheet metal, Plexiglas, plaster, and paper. He has been called a forerunner of virtually every postwar American art movement since Abstract Expressionism. However, Rauschenberg remained fiercely independent from any particular affiliation throughout his protean life.
American Pop artist Andy Warhol has created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art. He variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”. Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of colour. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists such as Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.