Rauschenberg integrated printing techniques, using photographs gleaned from newspapers and magazines and transferred to canvas by a silkscreen method, to continue the spirit of assemblage he had pioneered earlier. Creek's iconography balances the topical—space flight and the urban landscape—with the timeless—Rubens's Venus before the Mirror. Their juxtapositions are random, yet provocative enough to make the viewer speculate about the power of love and human feats. Rauschenberg’s roots in painting are vividly evident in the expressively brushed passages and in the lyrical combination of colors.
Artist Robert Rauschenberg, American, 1925-2008
  • Creek
Date 1964
Medium screenprint in oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 72 × 96 inches (182.9 × 243.8 cm)
Framed: 72 5/8 × 96 3/4 × 1 7/8 inches (184.5 × 245.7 × 4.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of W. Hawkins Ferry
Accession Number 69.48
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
On View About Children S250, Level 2 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, on verso, in red, upper left: CREEK | RAUSCHENBERG | 1964
the artist;
dealer, Leo Castelli Gallery (New York, New York, USA).
1969-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
The Toledo Museum of Art. Heritage and Horizon. 1976, no. 60.

Forge, A. Rauschenberg. New York, 1970, p.101.