Celebrate the season with Rauschenberg's gorgeous assemblages, Warhol's secret warmer side and Joan Eardley's gritty realism
It is the season of goodwill, and the great American artist Robert Rauschenberg was generous in every sense, from the richness of his works to his engaged involvement in politics and philanthropy. He also happened to be a genius. In the 1950s, Rauschenberg took painting off the wall to create free-flowing assemblages of stuff that exist between art and life and tell an epic history of the US. In the 1960s, he mourned JFK and celebrated the space race in eerie, whitewashed silkscreen collages. Whatever he did, he did it with a big, bold imagination that should make this a top art present to yourself.
From 1 December-2 April, tate.org.uk