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United States of America 1925 – 2008

Page 5 [Page 5 (from 'Pages and Fuses' series)] 1974 Description: Page (Five) 5 from 'Pages and Fuses' series

Collection Title: the 'Pages and fuses' series 1973-74
Title Notes: 007-005
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, paperwork, paperpulp pressed paper pulp with rope embedded Support: paper pulp
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 23 plus 7AP, RTP, 2GEL, SP
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974

Dimensions: comp 54.4 h x 69.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Gemini GEL catalogue raisonne, no. 518
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.608.A-B
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy

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.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra