United States of America 1925 – 2008
Collection Title: the 'Pages and fuses' series 1973-74
Title Notes: 007-001
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, paperwork, pressed paper pulp with screenprinted fabric embedded Support: paper pulp
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 27, plus 7 artist's proofs; right to print; 2 Gemini impressions; special proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974
In 1973, on the recommendation of master printer Kenneth Tyler, Rauschenberg began a collaborative project with the paper mill Richard de Bas in Ambert, France. The artist wanted to engaged with handmade paper as one of the most ancient of artistic traditions. The resulting series, Pages and fuses, is a group of paper pulp works. The Pages are formed from natural pulp and shaped into paper pieces that incorporate twine or scraps of fabric. In contrast, the Fuses are vivid pulp pieces dyed with bright pigments. This innovative experiment with paper pulp sparked a renewed interest in handmade paper, which inspired major paper works by artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, David Hockney and Helen Frankenthaler.
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