Rauschenberg, Robert (1925–)
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Restlessly creative American painter, sculptor, theatrical designer, and conceptual and performance artist, Robert (born Milton) Rauschenberg pioneered a number of the most influential tendencies in postwar American art. His striking combinations of painting and assemblage were so original a medium that he coined a new word, combine, to describe them. His art employs a wide range of materi-als: from stuffed and mounted animals to Coke bottles, mud, comic strips, and family photos.