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


United States of America 1925 – 2008



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

Collection Title: the 'Reels (B + C)' series 1968
Title Notes: 002-008
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic three colour lithograph Support: white, wove, machine mould made, Rives BFK paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition of 72 plus 7AP, 3TP, RTP, PPII, 3GEL, C
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1968

Edition Notes: Printed by James Webb.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower left edge, pencil "ok"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner Gemini GEL chop embossed lower right corner "©" verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "68-172" verso: stamped lower left, ink "GEMINI G.E.L. / LOS ANGELES, CALIF."
Dimensions: comp and sheet 54.8 h x 44.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Gemini Catalogue Raisonne (1984), 100
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1215
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