NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Curator David White will discuss the exhibition “Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads and Related Works,” with a reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the Glass House in New Canaan.
The exhibition, from Sunday, May 1 through Monday, Aug. 15, is a group of paintings and works on paper chosen to compliment the painting “Recital (Spread),” 1980, purchased by Philip Johnson during that same year and now included in the permanent collection of the Glass House.
The Spreads series was inspired in part by the Rauschenberg retrospective that was organized by the Smithsonian Institution in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial. It premiered at the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. in 1976, and there the artist had a chance to revisit many of his earlier works, which he had not seen in years. The Spreads reference the Combines, the Cardboards, Hoarfrosts and Jammers.
Additionally, the exhibition includes two works from the Slide series (1979).
This exhibition was organized by White, senior curator of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He was the curator for Rauschenberg from 1980 until the artist’s death in 2008. He is now senior curator at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and has overseen Rauschenberg exhibitions, publications and projects for the last 30 years.
Prior to joining Rauschenberg’s studio, White worked for both the Leo Castelli Gallery and the David Whitney Gallery, both in New York. Following the closing of the gallery, White continued to work for Whitney who, as an independent curator, organized retrospective exhibitions of Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and the first exhibition of Andy Warhol’s portraits, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art. White is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Tickets for the reception are $100 and can be purchased here .
The Glass House is at 199 Elm St., New Canaan.