By Anna Furman
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The multimedia magpie is the subject of a retrospective at SFMoma that unpacks his layered approach to pop art, photography and ephemera
“Bob would find out how far you could take a work of art and still have a work of art,” the curator Gary Garrels said at the opening of Robert Rauschenberg's retrospective, a sprawling show of more than 150 works now at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Garrels explained: “He was the great manipulator of images and the great omnivore of images,” saying that the artist's ability to integrate pop culture into art historical traditions cemented his legacy as a master mid-century conceptualist.