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Blood Orange Summer Glut, 1987_Estate of the Rauschenberg_Dorothy Zeidman
From the early days of his career, Rauschenberg exhibited a boundless enthusiasm for using all kinds of materials in which to make his art. He was extraordinarily fond of discovering objects that others had thrown away and finding new and often improved uses for them. In doing so, he reinvigorated these items and gave them new life. Rauschenberg himself often spoke of his special fondness for waste materials: “Well, I have sympathy for abandoned objects, so I always try to rescue them as much as I can .”