Goat, bed among works in major Robert Rauschenberg show

November 29, 2016 GMT
A member of staff looks at a work of art by American artist Robert Rauschenberg entitled 'Monogram 1955-59' during a press preview of an exhibition of his work at the Tate Modern in London, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The exhibition, which runs Dec. 1, 2016- April 2, 2017, is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of his work in twenty years. Rauschenberg died in 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A member of staff looks at a work of art by American artist Robert Rauschenberg entitled 'Monogram 1955-59' during a press preview of an exhibition of his work at the Tate Modern in London, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The exhibition, which runs Dec. 1, 2016- April 2, 2017, is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of his work in twenty years. Rauschenberg died in 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — Paintings, prints, sculptures and a taxidermy goat are on display in the first posthumous retrospective devoted to pop-art pioneer Robert Rauschenberg.

The American artist, who died in 2008 aged 82, was a painter, printmaker, sculptor and choreographer. His use of everyday objects and mass-market imagery was hugely influential.

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Decades before Tracey Emin’s messy bed, Rauschenberg created “Bed” out of his quilt, paint, toothpaste and fingernail polish.

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The exhibition at London’s Tate Modern traces Rauschenberg’s career from 1950s abstract expressionism through pop-art screen prints to later works in textiles and performance.

Among his best-known creations is “Monogram 1955-59,” a stuffed angora goat in a car tire mounted on canvas.

The show previewed Tuesday, opens Thursday and runs to April 2. It moves to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in May.