Catalogue Raisonné Project

Robert Rauschenberg, "Postcard Self-Portrait, Black Mountain (II)," 1952. Gelatin silver print.

Robert Rauschenberg, Postcard Self-Portrait: Black Mountain (II), 1952. Gelatin silver print

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has embarked on an ongoing project to create a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s paintings and sculpture. In keeping with the spirit of radical innovation and broad inclusiveness that drove Rauschenberg’s artistic endeavors, the project will be unlike any prior catalogue raisonné in both its digital accessibility and its thematic scope.

To provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to access and engage with Rauschenberg’s oeuvre, the catalogue raisonné will be published online, free of charge, in a series of releases. In addition to all that is found in a conventional catalogue raisonné—artwork entries, provenance, exhibition histories, and bibliographies—it will also feature essays by artists, conservators, critics, scholars, and writers to present a range of perspectives that is commensurate with the expansiveness of Rauschenberg’s thinking as well as his profound curiosity and openness to new ideas and ways of working. Contributors include Carlos Basualdo, Catherine Craft, Susan Davidson, Giorgio di Domenico, Leah Dickerman, Darby English, Glenn Ligon, Michael Lobel, Courtney J. Martin, Helen Molesworth, Jennifer L. Roberts, Amy Sillman, Matthew Skopek, Jeffrey Weiss, and Terry Winters.

The first volume, covering works from 1948–1953, will be published in October 2025 on the occasion of the artist’s centennial. Ultimately, the catalogue raisonné will cover Rauschenberg’s work between 1948–2008, comprising approximately 3,000 artworks. It will not include the artist’s drawings, photographs, and editions. The project is expected to take fifteen to twenty years.

The Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné is edited by Julia Blaut, Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Rauschenberg Foundation, with consulting editor Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Jackie Foster is the Project Manager. Susan Davidson, Rauschenberg scholar and curator, is the editor of Volume 1.

Call for Works from 1948–1953

The Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné project is currently researching paintings and sculpture that date from 1948 to 1953 in preparation for Volume 1. If you are an owner of an artwork by Rauschenberg from this period, please return the completed submission form by mail or email to the address listed on the form.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit a form. All information will be kept confidential. Completing the form does not guarantee that the work will be included in the catalogue raisonné. 

Please note the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation does not authenticate or attribute works of art.