Robert Rauschenberg, “Erased de Kooning Drawing,” 1953.
One of Rauschenberg’s most controversial artworks. Rauschenberg asked his famous colleague and abstract expressionist Willem De Kooning for a drawing that he could collaborate on by erasing it down to minute scratchings. The de Kooning drawing was said to be very dense and took Rauschenberg 2 months to erase. I enjoy the silent joke of this work. I am incredibly drawn to the avant-garde and their quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) intelligent comments.