Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s 'Erased de Kooning Drawing' (1953) showing traces of the original drawing by Willem de Kooning. Visible light scan: Ben Blackwell, 2010; Infrared scan and processing: Robin D. Myers, 2010
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.
Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953; infrared digitally processed image of traces of drawing medium on sheet; photo: Ben Blackwell; digital processing by Robin D. Myers, 2010 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art