An exhibition of works by artist Robert Rauschenberg will be on display at the Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, Jan. 7 and continuing through Feb. 25.
The exhibition, 5 Decades of Printmaking, is described as a survey of Rauschenberg’s print work created at preeminent ateliers Gemini G.E.L. and Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE).
Throughout his career, Rauschenberg worked with ULAE in New York and Gemini in Los Angeles, experimenting with the artistic possibilities of the print medium, a gallery spokesperson said.
Through printmaking, Rauschenberg was able to explore his passions for painting and photography, the spokesperson said.
Rauschenberg’s work began as a commentary on American culture, a theme evident in Publicon 1978, a sculptural multiple made with Gemini.
The 1980s marked a turning point for the artist, who launched the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) program. This development introduced the topic of foreign culture into the artist’s work, serving both as a point of contrast with American culture and as a subject in its own right, the gallery spokesperson noted.
Rauschenberg later made prints based on collages of his own photographs and returned to investigating distinctive characteristics of American culture in series such as LA Uncovered, 1998 (Gemini) and Street Sounds, 1993-95 (ULAE).
A selection of Rauschenberg’s prints from the 2000s will also be exhibited at Leslie Sacks Contemporary, including Lotus II, 2008 from the Lotus Series, printed at ULAE.
These works utilized a technically advanced printing method, continuing the artist’s interest in print transfer and the incorporation of new technology. The Lotus Series was the last suite Rauschenberg completed before his death in 2008.