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Preview 1974 Description: Preview (from Hoarfrost editions)

Collection Title: the 'Hoarfrost editions' series, 1974
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Creation Notes: Period of Collaboration: September - December 1974. Right to Print date: 17 September 1974
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil, collage offset lithographic and screenprinted images transferred to a collage of fabric and paper bags Support: silk chiffon, silk taffeta, paper bags
Impression: artist proof VII
Edition: edition of 32, plus 10 artist's proofs; 7 trial proofs; 3 colour trial proofs; right to print; printers proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; 2 special proofs; Master Proof: Change Inc. impression
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974

Edition Notes: Offset printed image of an ostrich egg transferred to silk chiffon; offset and screenprinted image of Kronos transferred to silk chiffon and paper bags; newspaper images transferred to silk chiffon; paper bags glued to silk chiffon with an acrylic polymer matte medium; screenprinted image of a car on right and a newspaper image at bottom right transferred to silk taffeta; a screenprinted image of a car on the left was transferred to silk taffeta; newspaper image at the center and bottom left transferred to silk taffeta. The two holes at the top right and top left were machine-stitched to accommodate nails for hanging. Collaboration by Ronald McPherson. Processing and proofing by Charles Ritt, Anthony Zepeda, Edward Hamilton; screenprinting: Robert Knisel, Charles Ritt. Printing by Charles Ritt assisted by Edward Hamilton, Anthony Zepeda; screenprinting: Robert Knisel, Jeffrey Wasserman.
Primary Insc: signed, lower left, black ink 'Rauschenberg' dated, lower left, black ink ' '74'
Secondary Insc: inscribed, lower left, black ink 'AP VII'
Tertiary Insc: RR 74-688
Dimensions: overall 175.3 h x 204.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1513
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy
  • The Hoarfrost editions series, created at Gemini GEL, is named after the thin layer of ice that forms on cold surfaces. The series was inspired by  Rauschenberg’s observation of printmakers using ‘large sheets of gauze ... to wipe stones and presses ... and hung about the room to dry’. By using transparent layerings of material, Rauschenberg allows the viewer to both look at and look through the work − to see both the positive space and the negative space, including the environment behind the work. Everyday objects, such as collaged paper bags, are in sophisticated contrast with the ghostly imprinted imagery and the folds and layers of the delicate fabric.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra