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©Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Surface Series #42

1970
40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Robert Rauschenberg
American (Port Arthur, TX, 1925 - 2008, Captiva Island, FL)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color serigraph
Credit Line: Gift of Joan and Martin Messinger
Accession Number: 1981.50.6
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 69/100

Artists Proofs: 4
Printers Proofs: 2
Printer: Styria Studio, Glendale, CA (Adolph Rischner)
Publisher: Dayton's Gallery 12 and Castelli Graphics
Portfolio: Surface Series, from Currents series

In 1970, Rauschenberg did a large installation called "Currents" for Dayton's Gallery 12 in Minneapolis. The work filled the entire gallery, measuring 6 feet high by 54 feet long. It consisted of collages made from newspaper clippings that were transferred to silkscreen. Of the images, Rauschenberg said "The world condition permitted me no choice of subject or color and method/composition." He then made two portfolios, "Features" and "Surface Series," using the images from the Minneapolis installation. In "Surface Series," he used combinations of the images, sometimes placing the negative of one image over the positive of another. A final inking with a black ghostly pattern gives them a moiré effect.

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Artist's signature, lower right: RAUSCHENBURG 69/100 70


Provenance
The artist; (Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NY); purchased by Martin and Joan Messinger, New York, NY; given to the Gallery in 1981

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