Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Artist Robert Rauschenberg’s radical objective was to operate “in the gap between art and life”. His work crossed boundaries and recent major retrospectives in London, New York and San Francisco confirm that, 11 years after his death in 2008, this remorselessly innovative figure remains a strong creative influence, especially on young artists. But before his fame became global, one of Rauschenberg's first exhibitions took place in Florence in 1953—and it culminated in a gesture that has become an art legend. British writer and art historian Martin Holman tells the story.