American, 1925–2008. Rober Rauschenberg was a post-war American artist who rejected the seriousness of Abstract Expressionism and explored his interest in popular culture instead, and in the process, inventing a new way of painting. Rauschenberg constantly innovated using techniques and media, which is evident in his seminal works that often sparked controversies. His Neo-Dada work, “Erased de Kooning” (1953), consisted of almost entirely erasing an original painting which he purchased, and with permission from Willem de Kooning. He is well known for his works in the series “The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece” (1981–98), which retrospects his evolution of styles throughout his career.