United States of America 1925 – 2008
1969 Collection Title: the 'Stoned moon' series, 1969-70
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil lithograph and screenprinted, printed in six colours
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition of 35 plus 6 artist's proofs; 2 trial proofs; right to print; printer's proof II; 3 Gemini impressions; 15 colour trial proofs; 2 special proofs; 6 work proofs; National Council on the Arts impression; cancellation proof
Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower centre, pencil 'RAUSCHENBERG 69' inscribed lower centre, pencil 'RTP'
In 1969 Rauschenberg was invited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to witness one of the most significant social events of the decade − the launch of Apollo 11, the shuttle that would place man on the moon. NASA provided Rauschenberg with detailed scientific maps, charts and photographs of the launch, which formed the basis of the Stoned moon series − comprising thirty-three lithographs printed at Gemini GEL. The Stoned moon series is a celebration of man’s peaceful exploration of space as a ‘responsive, responsible collaboration between man and technology’.
The combination of art and science is something that Rauschenberg continued to investigate throughout the 1960s in what he calls his ‘blowing fuses period’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra