Fans of Robert Rauschenberg will now have a new way to commemorate the late artist: via their homeware. Known for his distinctive artwork that combined real-world imagery with abstract painting, Rauschenberg created iconic imagery that has stood the test of time. Today, it takes on a new life in a collaboration between West Elm and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
The limited edition, 17-piece collection of home furnishings and decorative accessories is a nod towards the artist’s post-war work. Featuring a wide variety of items from salad plates to a sofa, the “Art For Good” line incorporates Rauschenberg’s unique style into pieces sure to make a bold statement in any home (nothing like a chicken-emblazoned chair to spice up your kitchen).
“Robert Rauschenberg was a visionary American artist whose groundbreaking work and passion for collaboration with artisans, printmakers, and performers, inspired this partnership. We are honored to translate his incredible work to a line of artful furnishings and decorative accessories perfect for today’s modern homes,” says West Elm creative director Johanna Uurasjarvi.
The partnership symbolizes more than just a celebration of Rauschenberg’s artwork. To pay homage to the artist’s passion for social activism —he spearheaded the ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange) project, which used the creative process to spark dialogue and mutual understanding among diverse cultures, often in places where freedom of expression had been suppressed— ten percent of the purchase price of each item will go to the Rauschenberg Foundation’s Grants in the Arts. In further support of Rauschenberg’s work, West Elm is a sponsor of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, a retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art.
“Partnering with West Elm was a natural fit for us given their strong commitment to sustainable, artisanal production and their belief that good design can drive meaningful change,” says Sharon Ullman, acting executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. “Rauschenberg’s life and work demonstrated how art could be a vehicle for social change, locally and globally. We are proud to collaborate with West Elm on this special collection inspired by the work of our founder, bringing both his art and his belief that ‘art can change the world’ into homes across the country.”
The collection is available online starting today, April 25, and in 50 select West Elm stores in the U.S. and Canada beginning May 12. As an added bonus, customers will receive a commemorative pencil with their in-store purchase to celebrate Rauschenberg’s affinity for drawing. Prices range between $10 and $1,299, so whether you’re looking to invest in a sofa or just want some new accent items for your space, there’s something for everyone.
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Published on April 25, 2017