This book is a great introduction to Robert Rauschenberg whose work has had a profound impact on avant-garde art from the 1950s onwards. A pioneer of multimedia art, the book explores his experimentations from his Combines (works melding painting and sculpture), prints, silkscreen paintings to his use of technology and his collaborations with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown.
Catherine Craft's interest in Rauschenberg's art emerged from her involvement as a research assistant for an exhibition of his work at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC in 1992. An independent scholar specializing in modern and contemporary art, she was a contributing author to the exhibition catalogue Robert Rauschenberg: Haywire – Major Technological Works of the 1960s in 1997, and is also the author of An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism (2012). Additionally, she has written articles on newly discovered, unpublished writings by Rauschenberg, published in Art in America and The Burlington Magazine. She is the Adjunct Assistant Curator for Research and Exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas.