Robert RAUSCHENBERG, Booster Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1925 – 2008


Booster 1967 Collection Title: the 'Booster and 7 studies' series 1967
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil colour lithograph, screenprint printed from two stones, two aluminium plates and one screen
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 38, plus 12 artist's proofs; 9 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 2 Gemini impressions; cancellation proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Primary Insc: signed lower right, "Rauschenberg"

Dimensions: sheet 183.0 h x 89.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (1970), 47.
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.927
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy

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One of Rauschenberg’s most successful collaborations was with the Gemini GEL print workshop – a printmaking partnership that permanently changed the terrain of American printmaking. Printer Kenneth Tyler was a masterful facilitator for Rauschenberg’s ambitious project and their collaboration radically altered the possibilities of printmaking by combining lithography and screenprinting in a new type of ‘hybrid’ print. The rules governing the size of lithographic printmaking were ignored, and at the time of its creation, Booster stood as the largest and most technically sophisticated print ever produced. Today, Booster remains one of the most significant prints of the 20th century, a watershed that catapulted printmaking into a new era of experimentation.

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