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Special Installation

Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Sunday, February 17, 2019 Located in the Orientation Gallery

Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life presents rarely-shown prints from the Museum’s collection by two giants of twentieth-century art, providing a fascinating new insight into the innovative, mutually influential practices of two artists.

The Blurring of Art - poster


The Blurring of Art and Life showcases works on paper, including lithographs, silkscreens, screen prints, and collage, by neo-Dada artists Robert Rauschenbergand Jasper Johns that present a lesser-known side of their artistic practices. These works detail a fascinating visual conversation between two of modern art’s most influential creators, evident in their comparable use of collage and mixed media in service of multiple, often uncertain, meanings.


Robert Rauschenberg, Poster for Dayton’s Gallery 12, 1970. Offset lithograph on paper. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of the Family of Lee W. Werhan. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Robert Rauschenberg, Sack (Stoned Moon), 1969. Lithograph. From an edition of 60, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Jack E. Brown. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


Rauschenberg and Johns met in 1953 in New York City. The two artists created alongside each other and collaborated for years, first as friends and then as romantic partners from 1954 to 1961. Both artists also spent time at the workshop Gemini G.E.L. (Graphic Editions Limited) in Los Angeles, which influenced their mutually collaborative approach to printmaking. As a result, they inevitably grew to create art that bears obvious similarities. Evident in the prints on display, Rauschenberg and Johns often stacked images upon images to create visually complex compositions that suggest meanings that are fluid, if not wholly undefined. Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.


On view for a limited time, exhibitions present art from across the centuries and the globe, from iconic fashion to Old Master paintings, contemporary photography to historical objects of Asia.


Discover the biographies, histories, and works of featured artists in the Phoenix Art Museum Collection.


Featuring more than 20,000 objects in nine collecting areas, the collection spans many cultures and periods, bringing the world to our city, and our city to the world.


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