United States of America 1925 – 2008
[Storyline I: from the 'Reels (B+C)' series [R.T.P.]] 1968
Collection Title: the 'Reels (B + C)' series 1968
Title Notes: 002-004
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic 4 colour lithograph Support: Rives BFK paper
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 62 plus 10 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
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.
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