United States of America 1925 – 2008
1974 Collection Title: the 'Pages and fuses' series 1973-74
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, 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
Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.
Primary Insc: Verso: signed lower left in pencil "RAUSCHENBERG" Verso: dated lower left in pencil "74"
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