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Featured Artist from the Collection
Robert Rauschenberg


Robert Rauschenberg 
Ape (from Stoned Moon series) 
Color Lithograph 1970 
45 of 46 
46 x 33 " 
Framed


Robert Rauschenberg 
Arena II (From the Stoned Moon Series)
Color Lithograph 1970 
45 of 46 
46 x 33 " 
Framed

Rauschenberg began work on Stoned Moon (1969–70), a series of thirty-four lithographs that juxtapose hand-drawn passages with imagery that pairs the lush Florida landscape with the crisp industrial aesthetic of the space race, after spending months as the artist in residence with NASA during their historic Apollo 11 Launch.  The work is inspired by this experience, and was created in close collaboration with the master printers at Los Angeles–based print studio Gemini G.E.L.  The Stoned Moon works are alternately colorful and subdued, and they range in size from just over two feet to more than seven feet in height.  Mind-boggling in scale, visual variety, and artistic ambition, Rauschenberg’s Stoned Moon portfolio resonates with the sensory overload of the Apollo launch experience. The individual prints in the series are filled with scenes of astronauts, space suits, complex machinery, and various regional ephemera (tourist maps, orange crate labels, etc.), emphasizing the interconnectedness of nature, mankind, and the astonishing scientific and technological achievements of the space program.
 
In the collaged text, he remarks on the environs of Cape Canaveral, Florida, “highways built yesterday past ghost towns of technology abandoned with the haste and impatience of emergency surgery.” He intimates the anthropomorphizing sentiment, “My head said for the first time moon was going to have company and knew it.” Rauschenberg’s impressions contain a mixture of trepidation and wonder that conveys the technological and astronomical sublime.

 

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