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Robert RAUSCHENBERG

United States of America 1925 – 2008

Banner 1969
Collection Title: the 'Stoned moon' series, 1969-70
Title Notes: 003-014
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph, printed in four colours from one stone and three aluminium plates Support: special Arjomari paper
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 40 plus 6 artist's proofs; 5 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; special proof; cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1970

Edition Notes: Processing and proofing by Kenneth Tyler. Edition printing by Timothy Huchthausen assisted by Andrew Vlady. A four colour lithograph printed in the following sequence: transparent yellow (aluminum), transparent magenta (aluminum), opaque blue (aluminum), opaque blue (stone). Rauschenberg was invited by NASA to observe the launch of Apollo 11 in July 1969. Gemini G.E.L commissioned the artist to do a series of prints based on his observations, a commission which resulted in the 'Stoned moon' series of 33 lithographs. Rauschenberg also made use of photographs and other materials supplied to him by James Dean of NASA.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower left, in pencil 'RAUSCHENBERG 69' inscribed lower left, in dark pencil 'RTP' inscribed lower left, faint pencil 'PTP'
Secondary Insc: embossed lower right corner, Gemini chop and copyright symbol
Dimensions: sheet 137.2 h x 91.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (1970), 77.
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1163
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy

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’.


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