Few artists have proved as influential (and poorly mimicked) as Robert Rauschenberg. He was kind of a rock star, an anti-conformist and a man with the ability to simply create masterpieces over and over and over again. You often look at his work — the “Glass Tires” sculptures, his trace-ink prints that were so minimal and so strangely effective, his “combines” and the rest — and you wonder, “How did he know?” The Texas-born artist was tapped into another frequency, an alternative wavelength, where creation begets successful art. His career was rich, and his life of art-making has been well-documented in multiple volumes of literature, but wouldn’t you love an entire show of the stuff? Of course you would. Fortunately University of Dallas knows this, and thanks to organizational efforts by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Dr. John Handley, they currently have on display a survey of the artist’s groundbreaking work in prints and drawings. You’ll see 18 pieces that represent the gut of his career, displayed at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery (1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving) until November 3. It’s free to visit and open daily, so go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call the gallery directly at 972-721-5087 or visit udallas.edu.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013