Happy 2013!

Beyond Print: The Kenneth Tyler Collection

Robert Rauschenberg’s Horsefeathers thirteen series, 1972-76

Happy New Year to all! It seemed fitting to begin 2013 by taking a closer look at Robert Rauschenberg’s Horsefeathers thirteen series, which is currently on display here at the National Gallery of Australia.

Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - I, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - II, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - III, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - IRobert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - IV, 1972 1972

Horsefeathers thirteen I-IV

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the first artists to work with Kenneth Tyler at Gemini GEL when it opened in 1966. Together the pair made several ambitious prints, including Booster, which – when it was printed in 1967 – was the largest lithograph ever editioned. The Horsefeathers thirteen series is another example of technical complexity: the series comprises sixteen works made using a complex mix of techniques, including lithography, screenprint, pochoir, collage and embossing.

80595Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - VI, 1972Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - VII, 1972Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - VIII, 1972

Horsefeathers thirteen V-VIII

Rauschenberg consistently returned to collage in his art, and this method of working is demonstrated to great effect in the Horsefeathers thirteen series. In the series Rauschenberg engages us…

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