Centennial Certificate (Hand Signed), 1970


Offset color lithograph on Arches Paper with Metropolitan Museum blind stamp

40.75 x 26.25 in

103.5 x 66.7 cm

Hand signed by Robert Rauschenberg in graphite pencil on the lower right recto (front). Bears Metropolitan Museum of Art blind stamp.

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    About The Work

    This is the exquisite, hand signed Centennial Certificate for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Telamon Editions Limited in 1970, signed lower right in pencil, "Rauschenberg", with the printed copyright stamp lower right for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rauschenberg's Centennial Certificate features photographic reproductions of masterpieces of art from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum - a fitting homage to commemorate the museum's 100 years. The work features the facsimile signature of all of the Metropolitan Museum officials, along with the text: 

    "Treasury of the Conscience of Man. Masterworks collected, protected and celebrated commonly. Timeless in concept, the museum amasses to concertise a moment of pride serving to defend the dreams and ideals apolitically of mankind aware and responsive to the changes needs and complexities of current life while keeping history and live alive. RR."

    This is one of the most beloved Rauschenberg prints because it is so representative of his use of color, imagery, collage, text and art historical references. It is unframed with deckled edges, so it will look terrific when floated and framed. Not too many of these were hand signed by Rauschenberg, as is the present work.

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Robert Rauschenberg

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    • Published by: Telamon Editions, Inc. West Islip, New York for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

      . This work was exhibited in the show "On Black Mountain: The Bauhaus Legacy in America", April 5, 2019-April 27, 2019 at the Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, Missouri. It is reproduced on page 46 of the exhibition catalogue.
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