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.

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

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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 in a game of free association, tapping into our personal lived experience and creating a unique reaction in each viewer. Images from popular culture are juxtaposed with photographs of animals in the wild, newspaper clippings are combined with maps, and arrows draw our focus in several directions simultaneously.

You can read more about Rauschenberg’s work in Jaklyn Babington’s essay here: http://nga.gov.au/Rauschenberg/index.cfm

Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - IX, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - X, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XI, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XII, 1972

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We look forward to bringing you more from the Tyler collection in 2013. Remember, if you have particular questions – or just want to know more about a favourite artist or artwork – you can get in touch with us by commenting here on the blog, or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XIII, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XIV, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XV, 1972 Robert Rauschenberg, Horsefeathers thirteen - XVI, 1972

Horsefeathers thirteen XIII-XIV

The Horsefeathers thirteen series will be on display until March – make sure you don’t miss it!