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Robert Rauschenberg's fragmented photographic collage called “Star in Motion” was selected as the official poster for the XXIII Olympiad Summer Games in Los Angeles. Accompanied by a hand signed letter of authenticity from the publisher on official embossed Olympic Committee letterhead. This is one of 750 lithographic posters, published in 1982 to celebrate the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics . The Olympic Committee commissioned 15 nationally known artists, including to create unique designs to promote the event. The complete list of artists is: Sam Francis, David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, Carlos Almaraz, Robert Rauschenberg, Jennifer Bartlett, Jonathon Borofsky, Roy LIchtenstein, April Gornik, Raymond Saunders, Martin Puryear, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston and Garry Winogrand. This was Rauschenberg's contribution to the portfolio. In 2017, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland featured all 15 lithographs from this portfolio: “The 1980s were marked by non-conformism, eccentricity, audacity and joie de vivre,” say the exhibition organizers, “All these elements are clearly expressed in the stylistic vocabulary chosen by the organizrs of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, with its fun approach and acid colors.”
This work is unframed and in fine condition; excellent provenance as it was acquired as part of the complete portfolio of limited edition Olympic prints, all held in the original box with colophon and authenticity documentation. This will be the first time the print has been removed so authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed. Excellent condition; never framed. All of the works in this rare portfolio, including this Rauschenbergare unnumbered, but published in a limited edition of 750. This one is stamp signed in black marker with Rauschenberg's initials. Copyright 1982 Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee, Published by Knapp Communications Corporation
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Signature: Stamp signed with the artist's initials in black marker on the lower recto. Unnumbered.
Publisher: United States Olympic Committee and Knapp Communications, Inc.
Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 (different portfolio)
Acquired as part of the complete 1984 Olympic Lithographic Poster Portfolio of 15 hand signed prints, in the original box with colophon and Certificate of Authenticity. Accompanied by a hand signed letter of authenticity from the publisher on official embossed Olympic Committee letterhead.
Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.
American, 1925-2008, Port Arthur, Texas, based in New York and Captiva Island, Florida
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