Melic Meeting (Spread)

Robert Rauschenberg1979

New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art

In the 1970s and 1980s, many artists began working with non-traditional materials that they often cut out of magazines, scavenged in junkyards, or found on city streets. Melic Meeting was part of a series of large-scale works Robert Rauschenberg made between 1975 and 1983, which he entitled Spread. The term is used to describe a wide expanse of land as well as a fabric covering for a bed. Rauschenberg grew up in Texas and Louisiana, and was very influenced by Southern art and culture, from its quilting traditions to its unique landscape. In Melic Meeting, Rauschenberg’s fabric collage technique explicitly references Southern quilting traditions, to which Rauschenberg adds a myriad of other found images and objects, from photographs and plastic combs to mirrored plexiglass. Incorporating this vast range of everyday objects and images, Rauschenberg sought to create a bridge art and life so that he, as he once said, could “act in the gap between the two.”

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  • Title: Melic Meeting (Spread)
  • Creator: Robert Rauschenberg
  • Date Created: 1979
  • Physical Dimensions: 96 x 132 x 14 in (243.84 x 335.28 x 35.56 cm)
  • Rights: Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.Licensed by VAGA New York, NY
  • Medium: Solvent transfer, acrylic, fabric and collage on wood panels with mirror