Robert RAUSCHENBERGGEMINI G.E.L., Storyline I Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1925 – 2008



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Storyline I 1968 Description: Storyline I from Reels (B + C)

Collection Title: the 'Reels (B + C)' series 1968
Title Notes: 002-003
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic four colour lithograph Support: white, wove, machine mould made, Rives BFK paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition of 62 plus 10AP, 4TP, RTP, PPII, 3GEL, C
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1968

Edition Notes: Printed by Dan Gualdoni.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Secondary Insc: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "ok [with arrow pointing to woman]" inscribed lower left, pencil "ok"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner Gemini GEL chop embossed lower right corner "©" verso: inscribed lower left, pencil "68-171" verso: stamped lower left, ink "GEMINI G.E.L. / LOS ANGELES, CALIF."
Dimensions: comp and sheet 54.8 h x 43.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Gemini Catalogue Raisonne (1984), 98
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1227
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy

Rauschenberg’s printmaking practice is based on a meticulous process of collecting and editing imagery from a variety of sources, including newspaper and magazine clippings, film stills and mass media photography. In this way, his work from the 1960s can be seen as a presentation of both the street culture of the urban environment, and American social events and political issues of the time. The garishly coloured Reels (B + C) series appropriates the film stills from the 1967Bonnie and Clyde movie, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, and exposes Rauschenberg’s fascination with celebrity and the entertainment industry.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra