Nicholas Calcott

Robert Rauschenberg Archive

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Architecture & Interiors, Still Life


When Robert Rauschenberg passed away at Captiva Island in Florida in 2008, much of the contents of his home and studio was shipped north to New York to be catalogued and organized by the foundation created in his name. Keepsakes picked up on his travels, correspondence, and studio ephemera all sit together as an idiosyncratic portrait and a reference for scholars and authenticators.

Originally published as ‘Robert Rauschenberg’s Endless Combinations,’ June 3, 2015, by Dan Chiasson.

Project Details

Director of Photography: Nadia Vellam Photo Editor: Izabella Tzenkova Photographer’s Assistant: Stefano Ortega

Rauschenberg Foundation archivist Francine Snyder and director Christy Maclear

Studio readymade

Sand from Captiva Island, to aid in authentication of works

Brushes and stirrers from Rauschenberg’s studio

Dustin Hoffman to Rauschenberg: 'Dear Bob — Please don’t put this for sale at Sotheby’s. I love you. DH'

Rauschenberg kept calendars that served as diaries, where he or an assistant would record the day’s events.

This one, from October 1962, recorded the end of a trip to Japan

Correspondence from various notables to RR

A portrait of Rauschenberg overlooks the archive storage


Some of RR’s correspondents

A shipping container's worth of used bikes was bought as material for art. On RR’s death, the lot was shipped to NY.

Materials shipped from Rauschenberg’s residence in Captiva Island, FL, are received at the archive.

Recent Portraiture

Various Clients