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How an Eight-Month Trip Shifted the Course of Art History

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Oct 11, 2018 11:03 AM 6+ mon ago

WHEN ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG and Cy Twombly met in New York at the Art Students League in the spring of 1951, the two had an instant kinship. Both were transplants from the South: Rauschenberg from a Christian fundamentalist family in Port Arthur, Tex., Twombly the son of a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox (from whom the artist, born Edwin Parker Twombly Jr., inherited both his name and his nickname), who had settled in the small town of Lexington, Va., after getting a job as the athletic director of Washington and Lee University. Rauschenberg had spent two semesters at Black Mountain College, the Bauhaus-inspired experimental art school in North Carolina where he studied under Josef Albers. He was on the verge of his first solo show in New York at the Betty Parsons Gallery, the dealer who represented Mark Rothko, Jackson ...

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