Robert Rauschenberg Original Signed No. Screenprint
L.A. Uncovered #4, 1998, color screenprint, 22x20.4" (56x52cm), edition 55, hand signed in English and numbered in pencil.
Work is in excellent condition and is framed with an elegant wooden maple frame, size: 27.5x25.6" / 70x65cm
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was born in Port Arthur, Texas. During his service in the US Marines he discovered his aptitude for drawing and an interest in artistic representation of everyday objects and people. After leaving the Marines he traveled to Paris where he studied on the G.I Bill. After less than a year he moved to North Carolina to study at Black Mountain College. Soon after he decided to move to New York and make it as a painter. Rauschenberg's fascination by popular culture and rejection of the seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. He began using untraditional materials in his work such as house paint, colored car wheel. In 1958 he had his first solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. By then he moved from abstract painting to drawings that he referred to as "combines." These remarkable combines meant to express both the finding and forming of combinations in three dimensional collage. As Pop Art emerged in the 1960's, Rauschenberg turned from three dimensional combines to work in two dimensions, using magazine photographs of current events to creating silkscreens. From the mid sixties through the seventies he continued experimenting in prints by printing onto aluminum, Plexiglas disks, clothes, and other surfaces. Through the eighties and nineties Rauschenberg concentrated on collage and new ways to transfer photographs. In 1998 he had a retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum including 400 of his finest works. For over half a century Rauschenberg's profoundly moving art has been an immense source of fascination and inspiration to many. Rauschenberg lives and works in Florida.
L.A Uncovered #11 is a beautiful print, one of a series of prints depicting the streets of today's Los Angeles and capturing the allusive flavor and complex meaning of its daily life.
This striking print comprises a rich photographic collage. The photographs were taken by the artist himself. The print was published by Gemini G.E.L. The adventure with this series was the addition of two policemen to the staff of Gemini. The artists had the professional expertise, experience, entertainment and protection of to outstanding L.A citizens officially. Taking the photographs was no longer thieving. I loved seeing and achieving photos with legal authority; the risk remained by the focus was joyfully enhanced..." Robert Rauschenberg, L.A Uncovered Quattro Mani, Gemini G.E.L.
Print documentation signed by the publisher, Gemini G.E.L. and by the artist is available.