Tire

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Tire
Accession Number: 
2007.4.5
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 78.7 cm, W: 68.5 cm, D: 29.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
designed 1995-1996
made 2005
Credit Line: 
Gift in part of Daniel Greenberg, Susan Steinhauser, and The Greenberg Foundation, and the F. M. Kirby Foundation
Web Description: 
Robert Rauschenberg is an internationally acclaimed artist who came to prominence in the 1950s. Interested equally in abstraction and in popular culture, he was one of an early group of Pop artists who changed the course of modern art. The tire is an enduring symbol in his work, and its meaning is ambiguous. What is often most important for the artist is not the individual object, but the context in which the object is placed. Here, the rubber tire—humble, dirty, industrial, and ecologically adverse—is re-created in colorless glass and presented as a thing of exquisite beauty. Luminous and seemingly precious, the glass tire casually leans in its silvered tire carrier. The work, as is typical of Rauschenberg, is highly ironic, but it also encourages the viewer to consider everyday objects in new and unexpected ways.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Heller Gallery, Source
Greenberg, Daniel, Source
Steinhauser, Susan, Source
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Rauschenberg
signature
Engraved On side of tire
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; silver plated steel. Mold-blown and cold-worked, life size glass "radial" tire with molded tread marks. The "Tire" sits in a silver-plated steel carrier. The brand of tire from which the mold is made is a European tire.
Jury Statements (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 75; BIB# AI87128
Jurors' Choice (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 96, bottom; BIB# AI87132
New Glass Review, 29 (2008) illustrated, p. 118;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2007 (2008) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# AI90242
The Gather (2007) illustrated, p. 12, top;