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Robert Rauschenberg Prints Created at Gemini

Since 1967 Robert Rauschenberg has completed over two hundred works with Gemini, exploring his experimental ideas within the traditional media of lithography, silkscreen prints, and etching, as well as within less traditional processes that include collage and various direct transfer methods onto fabrics
or paper.

Rauschenberg has frequently noted the great influence that making prints has had on his paintings. The interplay of activity in different media lies at the core of his work, which has been marked throughout his career by a sense of experiment and exploration. No longer considered intimate album images, they are now recognized as objects with visual power great enough to rival the impact of paintings. Many of Rauschenberg’s print projects at Gemini make each piece virtually unique by incorporating chance variations within the editions. In fact, the artist seems committed to producing work that subverts the basic intention of art in limited editions.

Robert Rauschenbeg Print: Gossip, 2000

Robert Rauschenberg
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Robert Rauschenberg
Gossip, 2000 (RR99-5267)
11 color screenprint
29 3/4" x 22"  
Ed: 50

Robert Rauschenberg Biography

Robert Rauschenberg was born Milton Ernest Rauschenberg on October 22, 1925, in Port Arthur, Texas. After briefly attending the University of Texas to study pharmacology, and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Rauschenberg decided to study art. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, the renowned Academe Julien in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina where he studied under abstract painter Joseph Albers and formed professional relationships with avant-guard composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham.

He moved to New York in 1949 where he attended the Art Students League. While painting and experimenting with blueprints during the early 1950's, Rauschenberg also designed display windows for department stores. His first one-man show at Betty Parsons Gallery took place in 1951. The artist's early works helped to open the tracts of pop art in 1953 when he began his famous 'combine paintings' that incorporated sculptural elements into his work. In 1962 Rauschenberg made his first lithographs and silkscreens, and has been involved with innovative print making since then.

In 1988, for his ambitious Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) project, he visited Uzbekistan, a voyage which resulted in the Samarkand Stitches. For these works Rauschenberg's own photographs were screenprinted onto collages made from fabrics indigenous to Samarkand that were assembled at Gemini. Photographs taken by Rauschenberg on his ROCI Tibet expedition were transferred to wall reliefs and freestanding sculpture for the Tibetan Keys and Locks series. Settings closer to home have also spawned rich new imagery. Examples include the photographs of the environs of Los Angeles that he used in the series L.A.

Uncovered or of other landscapes, such as the Florida area where he makes his home, that contribute to prints such as his Speculations series. These more recent publications have used sheets of handmade paper as supports for his screenprinted photomontages. In places far off or close at hand, Rauschenberg has always focused on indigenous materials and images of distinctive local character. The aim of this unique optic is to present a complex vision of personal memories and dreams while layering his art with widely shared associative meaning.

Robert Rauschenberg’s work is housed in virtually every important international collection of contemporary art. In 1998 the prestigious Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum had a mammoth retrospective of 400 art works by Robert Rauschenberg including drawings, paintings and limited edition prints. His artwork spiraled up all the main floors of the museum and was touted as the largest retrospective to date for any artist at the Guggenheim. Gemini G.E.L. has also organized several traveling shows of Rauschenberg’s prints that have exhibited throughout the United States.

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