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Robert Rauschenberg and Wallace Berman were both living, expressing, and grappling with American life in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Robert Rauschenberg was considered a neo-dadaist famous for his combines in New York City, and Wallace Berman was part of the west-coast assemblage movement exhibiting in Los Angeles at the Ferus Gallery in 1957. This era was filled with the post-war consumption, mass media boom, and striking social reforms. Berman experiments with tradition and contemporary issues while Rauschenberg
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Unformatted text preview: neutralizes meaning as both are creating their own artistic language. Both Rauschenberg and Berman speak with indecipherable language and create indefinable pieces, and this is their goal. Yet the defining difference is that Rauschenberg leaves it up to the audience by assigning no meaning, whereas Berman employs his own interpretations that demand to be deciphered even though there is not definite meaning....
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