Art Even in Work As Research Proposal

Excerpt from Research Proposal :

Laid on its side, Rauschenberg's "Bed" contains the same visual and tangible objects as a real bed. "Bed" seems like more than a representation of a bed; it could just as well be one especially given the use of actual bedding.

The expansion of the visual plane and the reworking of the canvas paralleled expansions of consciousness. Those transformations in consciousness and their impact on the art world were a result of historical and social change. During the 1950s when Rauschenberg worked, technology was growing in its relevance to the global economy. Advancements in science included quantum mechanics and theoretical physics. Medical marvels abounded. Culture was becoming less homogenous as the spread of ideas flowed across borders. Human sexuality and sexual freedom were also growing more liberated. Gender roles were changing and so were global political norms. Within the exciting environment of the 20th century arose conceptual transformations in the arts.

Robert Rauschenberg's 1955 "Bed" captures the era. As Steinberg suggests, Rauschenberg helped revolutionize the visual arts. Glancing at a two-dimensional reproduction of "Bed" stops short of conveying the real sense of radical change that the horizontal plane implied. However, Rauschenberg's goal was to take art one step further and welcome cerebral thought. "Bed" combines traditional aesthetic sensibility with conceptual art. Rauschenberg takes an everyday, mundane item and turns it into an object of contemplation. He encourages viewers not to take for granted their biases in perception or the relationship between their bodies…

Sources Used in Document:


Rauschenberg, R. (1955). "Bed."

Steinberg, L. "Other Criteria." Oxford University Press, 1972.

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