Branden W. Joseph has embarked upon the ambitious project of reconstructing the essential part of Robert Rauschenberg’s oeuvre…persuasively shown that Rauschenberg, together with [John] Cage, represents a specific and distinct instance of the American neo-avant-garde.—Ales Erjavec , Modernism/Modernity—
…succeeds in highlighting an anarchic and gratuitously radical streak in Rauschenberg’s early practice that is worth attending to, one that is neither a repeat of earlier avant-garde gesturings nor simply an accommodation to the values and commodifying mechanisms of postwar American consumer society.
, Art Bulletin
The strongest passages deal with individual works in depth and with remarkable sensitivity to context. A chapter devoted to Rauschenberg’s live performances is outstanding.
, Burlington Magazine
Those interested in the interrelationship of various modern arts genres will find this book especially illuminating.