Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1925. He began to study pharmacology at the University of Texas, Austin but was drafted into the U.S. Navy. In late 1948, began to study under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. While there, he met future collaborative partners, John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Choreographer and dancer, Yvonne Rainer was photographed by Babette Mangoldte inside a box he constructed. His first solo exhibition was held in New York at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1951. He travelled Europe with fellow artist Cy Twombly in 1952-53, and upon his return to New York met Jasper Johns, who would become his artistic and romantic partner. Rauschenberg worked in a variety of mediums throughout his career and is associated with the reaction against Abstract Expressionism. By 1970, he had set up a permanent residence and studio in Captiva Island, Florida, where he would spend the rest of his life until his death in 2008.
Selections from the Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012 to accompany an exhibition of his personal collection at the Gagosian Gallery - New York in 2011. It features works by over 65 artists, including Jim Dine, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly. It was written by Robert Storr.