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Booster from the series Booster and Seven Studies

© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Published by Gemini G.E.L.

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Booster from the series Booster and Seven Studies

© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Published by Gemini G.E.L.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Booster from the series Booster and Seven Studies

© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Published by Gemini G.E.L.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Robert Rauschenberg

American, 1925-2008

Booster from the series Booster and Seven Studies, 1967

lithograph and screen print

Edition: 28/38

sheet: 72 x 35 1/2 inches (182.88 x 90.17 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

By exchange: Charles W. Goodyear Fund, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, Charles W. Goodyear and Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman Funds and Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, 2016

P2016:8

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Inscriptions

edition notation / front, lower right / 28/38
stamp / back, center / GEMINI G.E.L. LOS ANGELES, CALIF
inscription / back, center / RR-67-106
signature, dated / front, lower right / RAUSCHENBERG 67

Provenance

"Prints & Multiples," sale no. 12207, Christie's, New York, April 26-27, 2016;
purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, April 26, 2016

Class

Prints (visual works)

Work Type

Lithograph
Screen print

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Robert Rauschenberg’s approach to art was exceedingly innovative, often resulting in works that elude categorization. His collaborations with printmakers, for example, did not always yield traditional results. The artist’s self-portrait Booster exemplifies his highly experimental approach to the medium. Here, Rauschenberg brings together a seemingly disparate collection of imagery: a life-sized X-ray portrait of himself, an astrological chart, pictures of athletes taken from magazines, and images of a chair and two power drills. By combining the processes of lithography and screen printing, the artist, together with master printmaker Kenneth Tyler, radically expanded the aesthetic possibilities of planographic printmaking, which utilizes a flat, as opposed to a raised, surface. At the time of its creation, Booster was the largest and most technically sophisticated hand-pulled print ever produced, and it catapulted printmaking into a new era of experimentation.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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