Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg Chateau Shadow (Anagram), 1997

Until he died in 2008, Robert Rauschenberg was an uncommonly prolific artist, at times to his own detriment. “What’s the matter with him?” the painter Barnett Newman reportedly complained. “Does he think it’s easy?” So, while not every work was designed to be a masterpiece, the discovery of five new paintings—never before exhibited until tonight by Pace Gallery in New York—is still a cause for celebration. Not to mention that today, a year before his coronation at the Tate Modern in London, where Rauschenberg will receive his first posthumous retrospective, would have been his 90th birthday.

“Anagram, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)” is on view through December 12 at New York’s Pace Gallery, 435 W. 25th St.