FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28 August 16, 2008
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 28, 5 - 7 pm
Greenfield Sacks Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, B6 (Bergamot Station), Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Tyler Lemkin
310.264.0640, Fax: 310.264.0740
Web site, http://www.greenfieldsacks.com
Public hours, Tuesday Saturday, 11am-5:30pm
Robert Rauschenberg, “Lotus II”, 2008, Pigmented inkjet with photogravure, Edition of 50, 45 ¾” x 60 ¾”
The Greenfield Sacks Gallery and Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) are proud to present an exhibition of twelve new original prints by Robert Rauschenberg entitled The Lotus Series. This series was completed on March 23, 2008 shortly before the passing of this major American artist.
The Lotus Series harkens back to the 1980’s when Robert Rauschenberg launched a worldwide art crusade called the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange or ROCI. The goal of the project was to create an avenue of understanding between people of different countries through artistic and cultural exchange without political intervention. A six-year exhibition tour led him to Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, China, Japan, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, the former East Germany (East Berlin), and Malaysia.
In June of 1982 Robert Rauschenberg traveled to Jing Xian, China to work in the ancient Xuan Paper Mill. Rauschenberg photographed the sights and surroundings extensively. In 1985, Rauschenberg returned to Beijing, China to exhibit the ROCI project. This second trip to China gave Rauschenberg an additional opportunity to photograph the country. Bill Goldston, Director and Master Printer of ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions) accompanied Rauschenberg on this trip.
Until recently many of the images from Robert Rauschenberg’s visit to Asia remained unused. These images from China were rediscovered this past year when Bill Goldston asked Rauschenberg if he would be interested in having an exhibition of new prints in a Beijing gallery in 2008. This magnificent suite, The Lotus Series, was Rauschenberg’s response. In February 2008 The Greenfield Sacks Gallery was also honored with the opportunity to exhibit these works. Each pigmented inkjet and photogravure print measures 45 3/4 X 60 3/4 inches. The works are on Somerset Velvet paper that is mounted on metal. The paper has been treated so that there is no plexi or glass covering the work.
JPEG images available upon request.