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Kean University to Host Past Pop: Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist Graphics Art Exhibition

UNION, NJ - Kean University will exhibit the combined works of contemporary artists Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist at the university’s CAS Art Gallery, located in the Center for Academic Success building, at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. The show, Past Pop: Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist Graphics, will run from March 26 to May 7, including an opening reception on Tuesday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibition showcases 29 of the artists’ lithograph, intaglio, photo-silkscreen prints, and collage pieces created from 1965 through 1988 from multiple lenders, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Newark Museum, Montclair Art Museum, O’Hara Gallery, Prudential Insurance Company of America, Robert Rauschenberg Estate, University Limited Art Editions and Kean University.

"Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist are both highly acclaimed contemporary artists associated first and foremost with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s," said Neil Tetkowski, director of the CAS gallery at Kean. "Although the work of both artists has appeared in numerous comprehensive exhibitions at the finest museums in the world, little attention has been paid to their graphic work," said Tetkowski. "In fact, this exhibition marks the first time prints have been exclusively the focus of an exhibition on Rauschenberg and Rosenquist."

The show evolved from a class project conceived by Dr. Lewis Kachur, a professor of art history in Kean’s Department of Fine Arts. Students examined 12 graphic works by Rauschenberg and Rosenquist that were donated to Kean University. The class visited several museum collections in the region in order to examine other graphic works by the two artists. The students met with print curators regarding the works and the organization of the exhibit.

In the catalog describing the prints in the Kean collection, Dr. Kachur wrote: "There was quite a bit of influence between the two artists (during the 1970s), including some use of common subject matter. Additionally, the works of both artists had a socially conscious dimension, and each lobbied for artists’ rights. Through the 1970s, both artists evolved beyond or past their association with Pop Art."

Hours for the CAS Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to all visitors. For image requests, please contact Tetkowski at (908) 737-0392 or via e-mail at