Robert Rauschenberg. First Landing Jump. 1961

Robert Rauschenberg First Landing Jump 1961

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"There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting," Rauschenberg said. He composed First Landing Jump from a rusted license plate, an enamel light reflector, a tire impaled by a street barrier, a man's shirt, a blue lightbulb in a can, and a black tarpaulin, as well as paint and canvas. Jasper Johns coined the term "Combine" for such works, which he described as "painting playing the game of sculpture." Though the taut metal coil alludes to the motion of the parachute jump referred to in the title, and the lightbulb is lit with electricity, in their second lives these items are divested of their original purpose and fixed into the work of art.

Gallery label from 2007.
Medium
Cloth, metal, leather, electric fixture, cable, and oil paint on composition board, with automobile tire and wood plank
Dimensions
7' 5 1/8" x 6' x 8 7/8" (226.3 x 182.8 x 22.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
434.1972
Copyright
© 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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