Art: The Emperor's Combine

Latest darling of the far-out art set is a can mild-mannered Texan named Robert Rauschenberg. His exhibition at Manhattan's Leo Castelli Gallery last week drew admiring crowds, though some gawkers seemed in secret doubt of what they saw. As on another occasion, famed in fable when an emperor paraded in invisible clothes, the atmosphere was both festive and constrained.

Rauschenberg calls his works "combines' because they combine painting with props pasted or fastened to the picture ("It begins with a painting and sort of moves out into the room" He gained notoriety by attaching a pillow to...

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