Robert Rauschenberg

Yellow Body


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Not on display
Robert Rauschenberg 1925–2008
Screenprint on paper
Image: 1228 x 1858 mm
frame: 1267 x 1620 x 25 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

P77010 Yellow Body 1971

Screenprint 48 5/8 × 62 1/2 (1235 × 1588), on Aqua Bee 844 100% rag paper, printed by Adi Rischner at Styria Studio, New York and published by Untitled Press, Captiva Island, Florida
Inscribed ‘Rauschenberg 71’ b.l. and ‘7/80’
Purchased at Christie's (Grant-in-Aid) 1984

In 1968 Rauschenberg made a transfer drawing in which the image is similar to P77010 and which has the same title (repr. Robert Rauschenberg, exhibition catalogue, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., October 1976–January 1977, p.130). P77010 is a photographic screen-print of this drawing. The drawing is just under half the size of the print.

P77010 depicts an assemblage of photographs taken from magazines and newspapers, from editorial and advertising, placed together in a rectangle from which a certain number of additional images extend outwards. The image of the rock singer, Janis Joplin, occurs twice in the print, once alone (top right) and a second time with her band ‘Big Brother and the Holding Company’ (top centre). Joplin, like Rauschenberg, was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and later they met and became friends. One of the lithographic presses at Untitled Press (Rauschenberg's own print studio) is named ‘Little Janis’ after her. Rauschenberg used the single image of Joplin in another print, ‘Signs’ 1970, this time in reverse (repr. the Washington exhibition catalogue, p.160). Joplin died of an overdose of heroin in October 1970.

At the time of making the drawing ‘Yellow Body’ Rauschenberg made four other drawings with the following titles: ‘Gray Body’, ‘Blue Body’, ‘Red Body’ and ‘Green Body’. He did not make prints from any of these drawings.

This entry has been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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