Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Red Heart, from: Seven Characters’, 1982, Gilden's Art Gallery

Port Arthur, Texas 1925 –2008 Captiva Island, Florida (American)

Title: Red Heart, from: Seven Characters, 1982

Technique: Original Unique Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Collage with Silk, Mirror, Tissue Paper, Gold Leaf and Cloth Medallion on Wove Paper

Size: 109 × 79 cm. / 42.9 x 31.1 in.

Additional Information: This original work is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Rauschenberg" verso and dated “82” (1982) next to the signature.
It is also numbered in pencil from the edition of 70 unique works, on the verso.
It is from the series “Seven Characters” produced in 1982 in collaboration with Xuan Paper Mill in Jingxian, China.
The work was published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles in a limited edition of 70 signed and numbered impressions. The sheet bears the red ink stamps in Chinese characters of “Xuan Paper, Jing County, Anhui Province”, “Robert Rauschenberg” and “Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles” in the left and right margins.
It also bears the Gemini G.E.L ink stamp and the Gemini work number “RR82-13” in pencil, verso.
The work is published laid on wood support affixed to a silk backboard in a Perspex box frame.

Literature: Robert Rauschenberg: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1966–2005. Los Angeles: Gemini G.E.L.
Reference: Gemini 1038

Condition: Excellent condition. Very minor staining along the left sheet edge.

About Robert Rauschenberg

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