About this artwork
Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most celebrated practitioners of Pop Art, began his career as a photographer. His street photography from New York, Boston, and Los Angeles (where this work was made) appears in his series Photos In + Out City Limits. Much of Rauschenberg’s painting utilizes assemblage, and here he has captured a sort of found collage of seemingly disparate elements: a public water fountain, “Holy Water” sign, free pamphlets, and a small, hanging bell. With deadpan humor, the image singles out these offers of salvation found by chance on an urban street.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Robert Rauschenberg
- 11-81-C-3A #3
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1954–1981
- Gelatin silver print
- Image: 47.1 × 31.7 cm (18 9/16 × 12 1/2 in.); Paper: 50.4 × 40.5 cm (19 7/8 × 16 in.)
- Gift of Boardroom, Inc.
- © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.