Curatorial Document

Print documentation from Gemini G.E.L. for Robert Rauschenberg's Arena II (Stoned Moon)

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  • Print documentation from Gemini G.E.L. for Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Arena II (Stoned Moon)</em>

    Print documentation from Gemini G.E.L. for Robert Rauschenberg’s Arena II (Stoned Moon) (1969). SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Arena II (Stoned Moon)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Arena II (Stoned Moon), Thu Oct 06 12:00:00 PDT 1977; lithograph, 47 in. x 32 in. (119.38 cm x 81.28 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.

This specification sheet issued by Gemini G.E.L. documents the people and processes involved in making Rauschenberg’s Arena II (Stoned Moon) (1969), as well as the number of each kind of proof produced for the artwork. Although the title listed here is Arena I (Stoned Moon), an inscription on the verso of the work confirms that the SFMOMA print is actually the second state, which is properly titled Arena II (Stoned Moon). Arena I (Stoned Moon) and Arena II (Stoned Moon) share one specification sheet because they were created from the same lithographic stone. However, Arena II (Stoned Moon) was made with blue rather than gray ink.

In 2012, SFMOMA updated the accession numbers for all the Stoned Moon prints acquired in 1977 to conform to museum registration standards for the numbering of portfolios. The previous accession number for this work appears at the top of the Gemini G.E.L. specification sheet.