Robert RAUSCHENBERG, Pull Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1925 – 2008

Pull 1974 Description: Pull (from Hoarfrost editions)

Collection Title: the 'Hoarfrost editions' series, 1974
Title Notes: RR74-690
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil, collage offset lithograph and screenprint transferred to a collage of fabrics and paper bags Support: silk taffeta, cheesecloth, paper bag
Impression: artist proof VIII
Edition: edition of 29, plus 10 artisti's proofs; 6 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; 2 special proofs; Master Proof, Change, Inc. proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974

Edition Notes: Collaboration by Ronald McPherson. Processing and proofing by James Webb, Daniel Freeman, Robert Bigelow; screenprinting: John Roberts. Printed by James Webb assisted by Robert Bigelow, Daniel Freeman; screenprinting: Richard Ewen, John Roberts, Jeffrey Wasserman. Offset lithograph and screenprint transferred to collage of paper bags and fabric, as follows: a paper bag was glued to cheesecloth with acrylic polymer matte medium; images of a balloon and three blue faces, both in offset, and a screenprinted image of a diver were transferred to cheesecloth; images of a blue face and a salad bowl, both in offset, as well as newspaper imagery, and a screened image of a diver were transferred to silk taffeta; paper bags at the top and cheesecloth were glued to silk taffeta with acrylic polymer matte medium. The two holes at the top right and top left were machine-stitched to accommodate nails for hanging.
Primary Insc: RR 74-690
Dimensions: composition 215.9 h x 121.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1515
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