Robert RAUSCHENBERG, Local means Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1925 – 2008

Local means 1970
Collection Title: the 'Stoned moon' series, 1969-70
Title Notes: 003-031
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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 11 plus right to print; printer's proof II; 2 working proofsl; cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1970

Edition Notes: Collaboration, processing and proofing by Kenneth Tyler. Printed by Charles Ritt assisted by Ronald Olds. Four colour lithograph, printed as follows: yellow (aluminum), magenta (aluminum), blue (aluminum), gray-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. This print was created by Rauschenberg to show his appreciation for the printers and curators at Gemini G.E.L who collaborated on the Stoned Moon project. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (1970), 99.)
Primary Insc: signed and dated, lower right corner, in pencil 'RAUSCHENBERG 70' inscribed, lower right corner, in pencil 'RTP'
Secondary Insc: embossed lower right corner, Gemini chop and copyright symbol
Dimensions: sheet 81.8 h x 109.7 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (1970), 99.
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1171
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’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra