Robert RAUSCHENBERGGEMINI G.E.L., Still Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1925 – 2008



publisher (organisation)

Still [Still: from the 'Reels (B+C)' series [R.T.P.]] 1968
Collection Title: the 'Reels (B + C)' series 1968
Title Notes: 002-016
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, Planographic colour lithograph Support: Rives BFK paper with Gemini chopmark embossed lower right corner.
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 34, plus 7 artist's proofs; 4 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1968

Edition Notes: Collaboration, supervision, processing and proofing by Kenneth Tyler. Editioned by James Webb. Four colour lithograph, printed as follows: light gray (aluminium), day glo cerise (aluminium), monastral blue (aluminium), black-cool green shade (stone).
Primary Insc: signed and dated l.r, in pencil " RAUSCHENBERG.R.T.P 68"
Tertiary Insc: Verso: stamped l.l corner " Gemini G.E.L/ Los Angeles, Calif"; inscribed l.l, in pencil " 68-176".
Dimensions: sheet 76.0 h x 56.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.928.1
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