Technology and the News
After witnessing the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in the summer of 1969, Rauschenberg created his Stoned Moon Series: thirty-four prints produced at Gemini G.E.L. that integrated diverse brush and crayon strokes with NASA photographs, maps, and blueprints. The series culminated with Sky Garden, a brilliantly colored print whose scale was even larger than that of Booster.
In a series from 1970 entitled Currents, Rauschenberg turned again to world events and politics, examining that period's turmoil as reported in contemporary newspapers. Taking a sparer approach than in his previous prints, the artist abstained from gestural mark-making and based his composition on fractured grids made up of headlines, news stories, and news photographs. Originally realized as collages, the images were issued as two series of screenprints entitled Features from Currents, in which the text is generally legible, and Surface Series from Currents, in which the text is dark and obscured with interference patterns and reversals.
Booster and 7 Studies: Booster, 1967 lithograph and screenprint
Published by Gemini G.E.L.,
Los Angeles, California
National Gallery of Art,
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Maclyn E.Wade, 1978