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Robert RAUSCHENBERG, Link REDUCE 1/1


Robert RAUSCHENBERG

United States of America 1925 – 2008

Link 1974 paper pulp pressed paper pulp with screenprinted tissue embedded
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 29 plus 7 artist's proofs; right to print; 2 Gemini impressions; special proof; working proof; 4 colour trial proofs
sheet 60.0 h x 49.0 w cm
Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.610
© 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 2010