ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG "TEST STONE #5 " LITHO, 1967
Incorporating the physical material of daily life into artwork was a central part of Robert Rauschenberg's practice. In his silkscreens, Rauschenberg included newspapers' entire articles, headlines and photos, adding or expanding the definition of Pop art in the 1960's.
However Rauschenberg's use of newspapers also acknowledged or revived a similar approach employed by the cubists during the first decades of the 20th century.
"Test Stone #5,” from the Booster and Seven Studies series, is a perfect example of Rauschenberg's aesthetic, technique and general output. The work brings together disparate images with a jarringly random title. It liberated itself from the banal details of the content that occasionally distract the viewer from appreciating the work in its entirety. Instead of attempting to read the content the spectator looks, contemplates and enjoys.
We particularly like this example of Rauschenberg as the origins of the papers and images are consciously vague; producing an overall composition that is more abstract and decorative.
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Signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist
From an edition of 30
Lithograph printed in color ink on wove paper
22.8"H 31.5"W (sheet)
31"H 39"W (frame)
Very good condition
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