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In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Robert Rauschenberg and Wallace Berman were both living, expressing, and grappling with American life. While Rauschenberg was considered a neo-dadaist, famous for his combines in New York City, Berman was part of the west-coast assemblage movement exhibiting in Los Angeles at the Ferus Gallery in 1957. The era was filled with post-war consumption, mass media booms, and striking social reforms. To create their own artistic languages, Berman experimented with tradition and contemporary issues
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Unformatted text preview: while Rauschenberg neutralized meaning. Both Rauschenberg and Berman spoke with indecipherable language in order to create indefinable pieces, and this was their goal. By not assigning any meaning to his art, Rauschenberg left it entirely up to the audience to comprehend, whereas Berman employed his own interpretations that demanded to be deciphered even though, like Rauschenberg’s art, there was no definite meaning....
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