Robert Rauschenberg’s Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)] will be hanging over the fireplace in the White House dining room, where the president hosts formal dinners. It will replace an equestrian portrait, according to The Art Newspaper. This is only the fourth contemporary artwork in the White House collection. Raushenberg will join the ranks of Josef Albers (who has two works on the walls) and Georgia O’Keefe.
This news comes after the announcement that the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will dramatically increase its operations over the course of 15 years to become “one of the largest grant-making bodies for the visual arts in the U.S.”