Artwork Detail

Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Sand (Hoarfrost Edition) showing stamps

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Sand (Hoarfrost Edition)</em> showing stamps

    Robert Rauschenberg, Sand (Hoarfrost Edition), 1974 (detail)

  • Robert Petersen and Robert Rauschenberg at work on a Hoarfrost Edition

    Robert Petersen (left) and Robert Rauschenberg (right) prepare to create a Hoarfrost Edition by placing newspapers on a press bed. Photo: Daniel B. Freeman, ca. 1974

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Sand (Hoarfrost Edition) showing stamps

    Robert Rauschenberg, Sand (Hoarfrost Edition), 1974 (detail)

  • Sand (Hoarfrost Edition)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Sand (Hoarfrost Edition), Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 2013; solvent transfer and relief print on fabric, 84 in. x 41 in. (213.36 cm x 104.14 cm); Gift of John Berggruen; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Gemini G.E.L. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Gemini G.E.L.; photo: Ben Blackwell


This detail of Sand (Hoarfrost Edition) shows the stamping that the artist applied by hand across the top of the verso of the work. (Seen through the front of the work, the marks appear in reverse.) The stamping mimics the markings used by textile manufacturers to indicate information such as pattern names and dye lot numbers—details that one would typically find in the selvage of a commercial fabric. The addition of the stamps underscores the play between handmade and manufactured qualities present throughout the work.