ART: ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: THE GREAT PERMITTER

A VAST RETROSPECTIVE CELEBRATES THE WHITMANESQUE PROFUSION OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG

The retrospective show of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, which fills the uptown and SoHo branches of New York City's Guggenheim Museum and, as if that were not enough, the Ace Gallery in SoHo as well, is too big, too profuse, too sprawling--too damned much all round--to take in with any sort of ease. Curated by Walter Hopps and Susan Davidson, its bulk (some 400 works in all media) creates the fatigued impression that everything in Rauschenberg's vast and uneven output has been dumped into the hopper and left for the individual viewer to sort out. Which is fine if you've...

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