Silkscreen on Aqua B 844 paper, 1970
Edition of 50
Signed in pencil lower right
From Currents series
35 x 35 inches (image)
40 x 40 inches (sheet)
This Currents series was co-published by Dayton’s Gallery 12, Minneapolis and Castelli Graphics, New York.
Robert Rauschenberg’s Currents series was created from screen-printed extracts from major metropolitan newspapers from January and February of 1970. The series represents a kind of fusion of art and journalism, as well as high and low culture.
Rauschenberg had this to say about the series: I want to shake people awake. I want people to look at the material and react to it. I want to make them aware of individual responsibility, both for themselves and for the rest of the human race. It has become easy to be complacent about the world…. I made [Currents] as realistically as I could, as austerely as possible, in the most direct way I knew how, because, knowing that it was art, people had to take a second look, at least, at the facts they were wrapping their garbage in. [Quote from lacma.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/new-acquisition-robert-rauschenberg-currents/]