The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece

<i>The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece</i>

Courtesy LACMA


2019-01-31 04:00:00
Daily until June 9

Location Info:

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
Can an artist truly make one single work that encapsulates the whole of their practice? Well, in the case of icon Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), he spent 17 years trying. Made between 1981 and '98, and measuring end to end a full quarter-mile, Rauschenberg's epic The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece comprises nearly 200 component panels, which in turn incorporate the eclectic olio of found materials, objects, photographs, collages, textiles, furniture, paint, cardboard and even traffic lights that characterized his omnivorous taste for appropriated and recycled sources. The mammoth work serves not only as a self-styled survey of his own practice but also as a kind of travel log, in which time spent in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the United States yielded the mother of all souvenir archives. Notably, LACMA's installation of this astonishing work of patience, obsession and subversive art history will be the first time it has ever been exhibited in its complete form.
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