May 18, 2014

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Lot 231: Robert Rauschenberg

Lot 231: Robert Rauschenberg

Publicon--Station IV (Publicons)

1978
Sculpture composed of wood coated with nitrocellulose lacquer, collaged silk and cotton fabrics, bicycle wheel, baked epoxy enamel over polished aluminum, Plexiglas, and fluorescent light fixture
#21 of 30
Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signature with edition and date on Gemini G.E.L. plaque verso
28" x 36" x 13" (closed); 52" x 64" x 13" (open)
Gemini G.E.L. #41.119
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $11,250
Inventory Id: 12231

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As often as he filtered traditional techniques to accommodate his artistic perspective, Rauschenberg also reached back into his own childhood memories. His Publicons series explores his relationship with religion, an ongoing spiritual study that began as a teenager when he wanted to become a preacher. Another series created with the help of Gemini, these are his take on the Stations of the Cross (He made seven Publicon editions, exactly half the number of stations as are in the Christian versions.) The word Publicons is a combination of “public” and “icon” because he intended that viewers push, pull, and open the doors to reveal “an enshrined object.” While it deals directly with Rauschenberg’s spirituality, Publicon--Station IV (1978) drolly addresses “the matter of spirituality – or lack of it – in contemporary culture.”

Kotz, Mary Lynn. Rauschenberg/Art and Life. New York: Abrams, 1990. Print. Davidson, Susan, and Walter Hopps. Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective. New York: Guggenheim Publications, 1997. Print.

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