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Bob’s New York

Robert Rauschenberg on the roof of his Lafayette Street studio, New York, 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender. © J. Paul Getty Trust

Bob's New York

Robert Rauschenberg on the roof of his Lafayette Street studio, New York, 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender. © J. Paul Getty Trust

Robert Rauschenberg once said of New York, "It was this constant, irrational juxtaposition of things that I think one only finds in the city.... Even today, New York still has more of this unexpected quality around every corner than any place else. It's something quite extraordinary." Arriving in 1949, it was in New York that Rauschenberg forged friendships and collaborations with artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, and dancers. Even after relocating to Captiva, Florida in 1970, he kept his Lafayette Street building. Bob’s New York brings together archival photographs that map Rauschenberg's creative life and movements through the city. Accompanying this slideshow is a Google map locating these sites of friendship and exchange, including studios, galleries, and watering holes. These gathering places for Rauschenberg and his closest friends and collaborators serve as a natural extension of the framing premise of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends—that his work was nourished by the places, ideas, and people around him.

Robert Rauschenberg on the roof of his Lafayette Street studio, New York, 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender. © J. Paul Getty Trust
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