Can a drawing still be a drawing and still mean something if utterly defaced? Loss:Erased Deriving its meaning entirely from the absence of the original, Erased de Kooning Drawing is certainly a unique piece of Lost Art.
Robert Rauschenberg erased his buddy Willem de Kooning's drawing. It's amusing, and I first saw it a few years ago, but I didn't really become interested in commentary on it until NPR recently featured the work in a discussion on nothingness. 'Erased de Kooning Drawing', 1953, Rauschenberg.
In 1953, Rauschenberg erased a drawing by de Kooning, which he obtained from his colleague for the express purpose of erasing it as an artistic statement. The result is titled Erased de Kooning Drawing.