ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: FOUR DECADES OF WORK ON PAPER
August 3 - October 12, 2014
Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) is a fine art print publisher established in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman. Initially making lithographs with artists such as Larry Rivers, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, ULAE sparked a revival of printmaking in America. From 1962-64, Zigmunds Priede was a Master Printmaker at ULAE before decamping in 1964 for the University of Minnesota where he stayed for fourteen years. He began supplying ULAE with student printers and among them was Bill Goldston, originally brought to ULAE in 1969 to work on photo-sensitive stones for Rauschenberg. He was to stay on for a lifetime, ultimately head of the not-for-profit publishing house ULAE became. Robert Rauschenberg came and went for years, a life-giving core at the heart of ULAE. His 1974 lithograph, Tanya, pays homage to the woman who started a whole art movement after having spent almost half of her life fleeing war and revolution that pursued her to Japan, Dresden, Paris, and finally New York. When she and her husband Maurice chanced upon two Bavarian lithographic stones in their front yard in Illip, New York, lithography became an important artistic took in the last decades of the twentieth century.
This exhibition in North Dakota resulted from the Museum’s friendship with Bill Goldston who created a Walter Piehl benefit print for the Museum in 2013.