Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Robert Rauschenberg
    born: Port Arthur, Texas, United States ; died: Captiva, Florida, United States ; active: United States
  • Autobiography, 1968
  • Where object was made: United States
  • offset lithograph
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 66 1/4 x 48 3/4 inch each
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 1683 x 1238 mm each
    Frame Dimensions: each 68 x 50 1/2 x 1 1/4 in
    Weight: each 30 lbs
  • Gift of Marion B. Javits, Robert Rauschenberg, and Milton Glaser through the auspices of the Yale University Art Gallery
  • Not on display
  • 1996.0188.a,b,c
Label Text

The panel on the left contains a near life-size X-ray of Rauschenberg’s body, superimposed on his horoscope. The middle panel lists the major events and influences of the artist’s life, forming an oval that has been photographed through a distortion-lens camera. In the center is a picture from his Texas childhood of his family in a boat. The panel on the right includes a photograph of Rauschenberg during one of his dance works and a view of New York City from his studio.