Huntington Library Buys Rauschenberg Spread Painting

A painting from the series. (Courtesy Wikipaintings)

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has just finalized plans to buy a Robert Rauschenberg Spread painting from 1979.

The institution purchased the work from Gagosian gallery. From the story:

Though not considered as important as his “Combine” assemblages from the 1950s and ’60s, which radically introduced the detritus of everyday life into art, the later Spread series has some classic Rauschenberg touches: the incorporation of found objects (in this case, smashed glue brushes) along with painted surfaces (here, acrylic), the use of photo-transfer techniques, and the inclusion of newsprint to signal or simulate the texture of daily life.

More details here.