Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Spore’, 1969, Thomas French Fine Art

Note: “The 1960s saw a wave of excitement surrounding space travel that climaxed in the successful landings on the moon in 1969. To help make its adventures more accessible to the public, NASA commissioned artists to explore the subject. Rauschenberg traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to witness the launch of the Apollo 11 mission. NASA provided him with the related charts, maps, and photographs that he used to make the Stoned Moon series of thirty-four lithographs.” MOMA

Edition: 50


Very good with fresh colors

Series: Stoned Moon Series (34 lithographs)

Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.

Foster-Rauschenberg 91

Ileana Sonnabend (1914-2007), noted Paris Art Dealer and wife of Leo Castelli

Nina Castelli Sundell (1936-2014), daughter of Sonnabend and Castelli

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