In one off hour long documentary Robert Rauschenberg: Pop Art Pioneer Alistair Sooke celebrates the genius of America’s most prolific and original artist, Robert Rauschenberg. Fearless and influential, he blazed a trail for artists in the second half of the 20th century, and yet his work is rarely seen in the UK.
That is about to change with a major retrospective at Tate Modern this December.
Rauschenberg was the first artist to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1963, creating a crucial bridge between the Abstract Expressionists of the 50s and the Pop artists who emerged in the 60s. Famous for his ‘Combines’ that elevated the rich junk of life to the status of high art, he continued to work right up to his death in 2008, collaborating with dancers, scientists and social activists on a startlingly broad array of projects.
In this programme presenter Alastair Sooke travels to the east coast of the USA to talk to those closest to Rauschenberg, to reveal the boundless curiosity and restless experimentation that kept him engaged till the very end of his six-decade career.
Robert Rauschenberg: Pop Art Pioneer airs on Saturday 10 December, 2016 at 9.45pm on BBC Two.