From 1967 through 2001, Robert Rauschenberg produced more than 250 different prints at Gemini G.E.L. Rauschenberg transformed what a “print” multiple was, not only in scale, but in how variable one print in a single edition could be from another; in how many physical dimensions it could have; in how many media a single multiple could involve; and in how the viewer could interact with the multiple and make it different. No other artist has pushed the boundaries of “printmaking” as much as Rauschenberg.
The exhibition features 51 artworks plus more than 20 photographs of Rauschenberg at work at Gemini. His most famous prints, print series, and multiples are included such as Booster, the artist’s famous X-ray self-portrait and his first print at Gemini. Monumental lithographs from the Stoned Moon series, based on the American Apollo Moon exploration program are represented. His innovative Cardbird Door prints from his two handmade paper series in the 1970s, as well as his three-dimensional editions Publicons, Sling-Shots Lit series, and Borealis Shares series are included.
A number of Rauschenberg’s prints were made with the assistance of Gemini staff in France, India, and China. And several series were inspired by his travels in connection with the internationally groundbreaking Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange that the artist initiated, including the Tibetan Keys and Locks, Samarkand Stitches, and Marrakesh series. The artist often made prints for political or environmental causes, and his lithograph for the first Earth Day in 1970 is included. Finally, a number of prints in the exhibition employ the artist’s photographs of Los Angeles.
The exhibition features 51 works plus more than 20 photos of Rauschenberg at work at Gemini. An extensive color-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and includes an essay by Curator, Jay Belloli, on Rauschenberg’s work at Gemini G.E.L.
The exhibition was organized by the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles.
The Palm Springs Art Museum presentation is funded in part by the museum’s Contemporary Art Council, Annette Bloch, and the Terra Foundation for American Art on behalf of board member, Gloria Scoby, with additional support from Barbara and Jerry Keller.