Trophy II (for Teeny and Marcel Duchamp), 1960
oil, charcoal, paper, fabric, metal on canvas, drinking glass (not
original), metal chain, spoon
90 x 118 in.
Sartell Middle School
| Trophy II (for Teeny and Marcel Duchamp)
is a multipaneled combine painting
or assemblage created in honor of Marcel
Duchamp and his wife, Teeny. Rauschenberg created five "trophies"
dedicated to artists he admired: choreographer dancer Merce Cunningham,
sculptor Jean Tinguely, composer John Cage, and painter Jasper Johns.
Although Rauschenberg would not want us to decode
his work, it may be that the panel on the left represents Teeny (see
the "T" and "Y") and the panel on the right represents
Duchamp. The aluminum on the right might refer to Duchamp's interest
in painting on glass. The center panel may comment on how competitive
American culture can be; notice the letters "W", "I",
"N", a baseball game, and a moonscape. The latter is most
likely a referral to the United States' "race" with the Soviet Union
to explore space.
work can be seen at The
Walker Art Center: Sky
Garden, 1969, lithograph,
found objects or ready-made in random juxtaposition in order to
unleash the unconscious mind by free association.
three-dimensional collage created from a group of everyday objects,
many times pre-made and put together in a specific way.
translate an unknown idea, word, or image into an understandable
idea or image.
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