ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG "CURRENTS" SILKSCREEN, 1970
The act of incorporating the physical material of everyday life into artwork was a central part of Robert Rauschenberg's early practice.
In 1970 he took it a step further by using clipped newspaper headlines as content for a series of legendary silkscreens.
While Rauschenberg was certainly not the first artist to do so (early Cubist paintings included newspaper clippings for example) his series is significant as it inspires a dialogue on the meaning of journalism, the ephemeral nature of news(papers) in striking contrast to the aspired permanence of "Fine Art".
Over the last several years "Currents" has become one of the most sought-after and exhibited works from Robert Rauschenberg's career.
In 2011, Peter Freeman exhibited the entire series at Art Basel (Switzerland) and the following year LACMA acquired the entire set.
This is one of four different examples from Rauschenberg's coveted series available from Caviar20.
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Signed and numbered 42/50 by the artist.
Silkscreen on Aqua B 844 paper
40"H 40"W (work)