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Combine art


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A term coined by the American artist Robert Rauschenberg to describe the radical form of collage he devised in which the flat painting surface is ‘combined’ with a wide variety of objects including photographs, stuffed animals, and electrical apparatus such as radios, fans, and light bulbs. Rauschenberg's Combines date from 1953 to the early 1960s and reflect the widespread use of ‘junk’ objects in avant-garde art in the 1950s. See Junk art.


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