To Ileana, from Bob

Rauschenberg Drawings from the Sonnabend Collection

April 10 – May 29, 2009

Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled (Gift to Ileana Sonnabend), 1996
Solvent transfer and gouache on paper
40 x 30 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection
Untitled

Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled (Gift to Ileana Sonnabend), 1992
Gouache and solvent transfer on paper
15 x 14 1/2 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
Sand/Soil (Collage for Ileana Sonnabend), n.d.
Graphite, black and white photograph and
printed paper collage on paper
13 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
Gift for Ileana Sonnabend, 1959
Combine painting: oil, printed paper,
graphite, tape and fabric collage
9 x 11 1/2 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled (Ileana Forever), 1971
Gouache, graphite and news print collage on paper
40 1/2 x 27 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
Political Folly, 1968
Graphite, watercolor and solvent transfer on paper
22 1/2 x 30 inches
Signed in pencil
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
January First, 1962
Solvent transfer, gouache, wash
and graphite on paper
22 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches
The Sonnabend Collection

Robert Rauschenberg
Drawing Room, 1963
Graphite, watercolor, gouache and solvent transfer
on paper
22 1/2 x 30 inches
The Sonnabend Collection

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition To Ileana, from Bob: Rauschenberg Drawings from the Sonnabend Collection, no view from April 10 to May 29, 2009. The show is comprised of drawings that Rauschenberg gave as gifts to the dealer Ileana Sonnabend over the course of their decades-long friendship. Works in the show date from a 1959 Combine painting on paper to a large-scale drawing from 1996. Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Annie Cohen-Solal, Visiting Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

The show honors Rauschenberg and Sonnabend, who both passed away in 2008. These rarely-exhibited works, some seen for the first time in this exhibition, are a testament to the close friendship shared between these two important figures of the postwar art world. From their first encounters in the 1950s, when Ileana Sonnabend promised Rauschenberg a show at the gallery of her then-husband Leo Castelli, the relationship was one that fostered their respective developments - for Rauschenberg as an artist and Sonnabend as a dealer. Rauschenberg's 2006 declaration at one of his last public appearances, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the occasion of his Combines exhibition, that "Ileana is really the first serious person in my professional life that respected my work and, bless her heart, may be the last."