Cars, Quilts, & Fashion with Photo Transfers

Melic Meeting (Spread), 1979
Mixed media including solvent transfer on fabric collage, and mirror

Robert Rauschenberg was a pioneer in collage,  but he didn’t do fashion.   Well, unless you consider putting a tire around  a stuffed goat as accessorization.

He did owe some of his collage sensibility to his mother, who was a professional seamstress.  Cutting out paper patterns was something Rauschenberg did from boyhood.

His collage breakthroughs in the 1950’s incorporated photo transfer processes that put mass media into art in a new way. And in recent years, his imagery has had its impact on fashion and fabric.

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