Robert Rauschenberg. Canyon. 1959. © 2012 Museum of Modern Art. Photo by John Wronn.

The Family of Ileana Sonnabend Donates Robert Rauschenberg’s Canyon to The Museum on Modern Art

Posted on November 27, 2012

Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art announces the gift of Robert Rauschenberg’s Canyon (1959) to MoMA by the family of legendary gallerist Ileana Sonnabend. Canyon is one of Robert Rauschenberg’s best-known Combines—a term the artist invented to describe works that combine art materials and a rich variety of other elements. It had been in Sonnabend’s collection from the year of its creation until the dealer’s death in 2007.

The Family of Ileana Sonnabend Donates Robert Rauschenberg’s Canyon to The Museum on Modern Art


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