My former prof., Howardena called me yesterday morning and invited me to go to the conservation department at the MOMA. i was ecstatic! it was so interesting. This Kurt Schwitters collage was being examined for the upcoming show on Dada art which opens May 21st. The conservator was able to get underneath some of the collaged layers to discover what the original colors may have been before they faded. You’d never believe the yellows and blues which now appear like old brown newsprint! (the one patch of bright blue you see was only preserved because it was coated paper). The sorta comical part is that artists of the 60’s like Rauschenberg were directly influenced by Schwitters and these brownish, nostalgic tones of color. Who knew they were originally bright and vibrant. i was amazed!
Kurt Schwitters. (German, 1887-1948). Untitled (c. 1925). Cut-and-pasted colored and printed papers on paper with cardstock border, 17 1/8 x 14 1/4″
Robert Rauschenberg, Canyon, Combine on canvas, 1959