Curatorial Document

Composite of two details of Robert Rauschenberg's Strawboss (Stoned Moon) (recto and verso) showing the artist's signature, the print number, and the Gemini G.E.L. chop mark and stamp

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Composite of two details of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Strawboss (Stoned Moon)</em> (recto and verso) showing the artists signature, the print number, and the Gemini G.E.L. chop mark and stamp

    Details of Robert Rauschenberg's Strawboss (Stoned Moon) (1970) showing the artist's signature and the Gemini G.E.L. chop mark and stamp

  • Strawboss (Stoned Moon)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Strawboss (Stoned Moon), Sun Jan 01 12:00:00 PST 2012; lithograph, 30 in. x 22 in. (76.2 cm x 55.88 cm); Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Gemini G.E.L. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Gemini G.E.L.


Each print in the Stoned Moon portfolio is embossed with a copyright symbol and Gemini G.E.L.’s chop mark (the astrological sign for Gemini). When the image at left is enlarged, the mark appears to the right of Rauschenberg’s signature and inscription, which notes the number of this impression within the portfolio (6 out of 50) and the print date (1970). The detail of the back of the sheet at right shows the Gemini ink stamp (next to the embossed marks now seen in reverse). “RR70.306,” handwritten in graphite at the bottom of the sheet, designates the individual print number assigned by Gemini.