Rauschenberg as printmaker
“No other artist has ever pushed the boundaries of what printmaking could be as much (Robert) Rauschenberg.” Of course, Rauschenberg couldn’t have done it without Gemini G.E.L., the Los Angeles printmaking studio where he produced the bulk of his prints. “He defined what a print multiple was in terms of scale, media, dimension, variation and viewer interaction,” and, according to co-founder Stanley Grinstein, “he taught us what Gemini could be.”
Grinstein still runs the studio with Sidney Felsen, also an original co-founder, and aside from jumpstarting Rauschenberg’s printmaking career they house a collection of his work as well as the works of an impressive roster of artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Chris Burden, Josef Albers, Ed Ruscha, Claes Oldenburg, David Hockney and former Rauschenberg roommate, Jasper Johns (and many, many more). But it’s Rauschenberg whose pivotal work from Gemini is currently on display at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.
“Rauschenberg at Gemini,” January 17 – March 21. Opening reception Saturday, January 16.