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This giant billboard panel (offset lithograph) is hand SIGNED in pencil by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) with his initials "R.R." and dated '69 at bottom right corner; the artist only signed (initialed) less than 150 sets from the trade edition of 2,000; paper & image size: 5 feet-5in. long x 4 feet wide= OR 66-1/8"x 48-3/4". (168x123.8 cm); selling only this one panel titled "X-RAY"; it contains an almost life-size X-ray of Rauschenberg, the skeletal form overprints Rauschenberg's astrological chart blown up to enormous size, suggesting both the present and the future; it is from the 3 billboard panels titled "Visual Autobiography"; printed by offset by Broadside Art Inc. 1968 on a thin grayish paper, the umbrella image has a pinkish background; all outlines of images are in black lines (printed with the type of press used to make commercial billboards); quoting from advertising from 1968: "The Rauschenberg edition is not a reproduction of any existing work. It is created expressly for photo mechanical reproduction by modern industrial printing presses and plate making equipment."; this image appeared with the other 2 "Circle of Words" & "Umbrella" in Rauschenberg's retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1997; Rauschenberg once stated: "I don't want my personality to come out through the piece . . . I want my [work] to be [a] reflection of life . . . your self-visualization is a reflection of your surroundings."; a few tiny creases at the edges, otherwise this one panel is in VERY GOOD COND.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Overall
Notes: A few very small creases at edges.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Purchased directly from the New Museum of Contemporary Art in N.Y. City in 1996.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.92 cm.)
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