Robert Rauschenberg. Shades. 1964

Robert Rauschenberg Shades 1964

  • Not on view

Rauschenberg works in a variety of media, often pushing the boundaries of his materials to experiment with new ways of creating art. His prints are no exception: In 1963 he used a broken lithographic stone to make his famous print Accident, and, four years later, Booster—which shows an x–ray photograph of the artist's full body—was the largest handpulled print ever made.

Shades is one of Rauschenberg's earliest forays into bookmaking, and it, too, reinterprets its medium. Instead of paper, the book is constructed from an aluminum frame holding a fixed title page and five movable plates of plexiglass. Rauschenberg lithographed numerous images taken from newspapers and magazines on each panel. When the plates are inserted into the base—in one of six million possible permutations, according to one expert—the work becomes three dimensional and weblike, glowing from the light of a small bulb attached in the back.

Gallery label from Book/Shelf, March 26–July 7, 2008.
Medium
Multiple with six lithographs on plexiglass panels: one mounted permanently and five interchangeably in a slotted aluminum frame, and illuminated by an intermittent light bulb
Dimensions
composition (each, irreg.): 14 x 14" (35.5 x 35.5 cm); other (panel): 14 x 14" (35.5 x 35.5 cm); other (box): 15 1/8 x 14 1/2 x 11 3/4" (38.4 x 36.8 x 29.9 cm)
Publisher
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Printer
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Edition
24
Credit
Gift of the Celeste and Armand Bartos Foundation
Object number
291.1964.1-6
Copyright
© 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Department
Drawings and Prints

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