Robert Rauschenberg was an internationally renowned artist who embraced technological, conceptual and stylistic innovation throughout his career. The artist's works, which encompass a wide range of static and performance-based media, have been widely exhibited around the world. Rauschenberg's work was strongly influenced by the interdisciplinary approaches to art-making that emerged in the mid-20th century, and printmaking was an integral part of the artist's practice.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) attended the Kansas City Art Institute (1947–1948) and Academie Julien in Paris (1948). The artist then studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina with Joseph Albers (1948–1949). While at Black Mountain College, Rauschenberg met and was strongly influenced by the interdisciplinary approaches of fellow students John Cage, Merce Cunningham and David Tudor. After moving to New York City in 1949, Rauschenberg studied at the Art Students League (1949–1952). The artist met Jasper Johns in 1953, initiating a long and productive creative friendship.
Retrospective or survey exhibitions of Rauschenberg's art have been organized by many museums, including: the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1968); the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (1976), the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (1991), the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1991), and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1997).
In late 1960, Tatyana Grosman met Rauschenberg while delivering stones to Jasper Johns. In April 1962, Rauschenberg went to West Islip and completed seven lithographs that year. Throughout his career at ULAE, Rauschenberg continually set new standards and broke many the barriers of modern printmaking.