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Robert Rauschenberg Night Shades and Phantoms

Robert Rauschenberg Night Shades and Phantoms

London Ely House

Watch curator and art historian Mark Godfrey speak about Robert Rauschenberg’s exhibition Night Shades and Phantoms.

‘As a viewer, you become a kind of a performer. You become aware of that act of viewing because the image in those works is harder to see, because your reflection is superimposed onto the panel.’ – Mark Godfrey

Robert Rauschenberg’s Night Shades and Phantoms are two series of metal paintings from 1991, composed of silk-screened photographic images and gestural strokes on aluminium supports. Made during his decade-long experimentations with metal, these paintings are characterised by their grayscale palette, which ranges from the Night Shades' painterly chiaroscuro to the Phantoms' mirrored surfaces and ethereal translucency.

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