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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:49

Early Works by Robert Rauschenberg go on View in New York

Robert Rauschenberg's 'Untitled,' 1954. Robert Rauschenberg's 'Untitled,' 1954. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY via Craig F. Starr Gallery

Scratch an art dealer, and you’ll often find a curator. That’s the case with Craig Starr, who seems to operate in the secondary art market mainly to support his persistent curatorial itch. For nearly a decade, he has been mounting sharp-focus shows of historical works by prominent American postwar artists in his jewel-box gallery on the Upper East Side.

Mr. Starr’s latest effort — one of his best — is “Robert Rauschenberg: The Fulton Street Studio, 1953-54.” With 15 works borrowed from private collections, this exhibition delves into a formative period in the development of Rauschenberg (1925-2008), when he was in his late 20s and moving fast. It presents his sensibility in a nutshell, his broad aesthetic range, omnivorous curiosity, playfulness and intuitive elegance.

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