United States of America 1925 – 2008
Arena II, state II
Collection Title: the 'Stoned moon' series, 1969-70
Title Notes: 003-006
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph, printed in one colour from one stone Support: Arches Cover paper
Edition State: state two
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 50 plus 8 AP, TP, RTP, PP II, 3 GEL, RRF, C
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1969
In 1969 Rauschenberg was invited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to witness one of the most significant social events of the decade − the launch of Apollo 11, the shuttle that would place man on the moon. NASA provided Rauschenberg with detailed scientific maps, charts and photographs of the launch, which formed the basis of the Stoned moon series − comprising thirty-three lithographs printed at Gemini GEL. The Stoned moon series is a celebration of man’s peaceful exploration of space as a ‘responsive, responsible collaboration between man and technology’.
The combination of art and science is something that Rauschenberg continued to investigate throughout the 1960s in what he calls his ‘blowing fuses period’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra