Robert Rauschenberg worked in various mediums including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and performance, over the span of six decades. He emerged on the New York art scene at the time that Abstract Expressionism was dominant, and through the course of his career he challenged abstract painting and the model of the heroic, self-expressive artist championed in the 1950's.
Printmaking was Rauschenberg’s abiding interest. Early on in his career, he used a solvent to transfer photographs from contemporary magazines and newspapers onto drawing paper. The series is emblematic of a lifetime of experimentation with the ways images in modern media culture could be transfered, transmitted, transformed and reinterpreted.