The piece is inspired in part by Rauschenberg’s “Erased de Kooning Drawing.”
ikolas Bentel intends to destroy Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (1973) by selling advertising to cover the original print. Courtesy of Nikolas Bentel.
When New York artist Nikolas Bentel embarked on his latest project, he found inspiration in the work of the great Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008). He decided to buy one of the artist’s works so he could do what any true Rauschenberg acolyte would do: destroy it.
Titled The Erased Rauschenberg, Bentel’s piece is part homage, part protest—and nothing if not audacious. It’s inspired by Rauschenberg’s famed work Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) in which the artist meticulously erased a work by Willem de Kooning to determine whether an artwork could be created by removing the marks of the original artist.
Nikolas Bentel intends to destroy Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (1973) by selling advertising to cover the original print. Courtesy of Nikolas Bentel.
Now, Bentel is selling advertising to finance the piece’s $10,000 purchase price, or $92.59 per square inch, the unit available for sale. (Artist and art collector Hojae Kim has agreed to part ways with the untitled 1973 print, knowing full well its intended fate.)