Lot 51
  • 51

Robert Rauschenberg

80,000 - 120,000 USD
137,500 USD
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  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Booster
  • Number 37 of 38
  • Color lithograph with silkscreen
  • sheet 1829 by 902 mm 72 by 35 1/2 in
Lithograph and screenprint in colors, 1967, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 37/38, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Gemini G.E.L., on Curtis Rag paper, framed


Sold Sotheby's New York, October 31, 1998, lot 1269

Catalogue Note

                          “I am going to make a self-portrait”
                                     Robert Rauschenberg

So declared the artist upon embarking on his collaboration with Ken Tyler, then the master printer at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. Booster was, at the time, the largest scale lithograph to have been printed by hand and it was conceived with a spontaneity reflecting the stream of consciousness expression of the era and the innovative techniques of artist and printer.   The focal point of the print depicts an x-ray negative super-imposed on lithographic stones, of Rauschenberg himself, naked but for his boots. This is juxtaposed with smaller components comprising minutiae such as current media images and an astrological map.  The overall composition is thus intended to be biographical in nature, while the experimental qualities emphasize the artist’s pioneering approach to printmaking.


Our mother was an artist. She sculpted, painted, sketched, played the piano.   As a dedicated art lover, nothing compared to her passion and respect for the talent of  Robert Rauschenberg   Our father on the other hand was a man of physics math and science. Their home was filled with his work, she anticipated every Sotheby’s catalogue, where she would comb through leaving post it notes on pieces she hoped to acquire. Her Sanibel home was not far from Rauschenberg’s studio in Captiva, where they fostered a friendship that lasted until the end of his life. 
The Marks Family