Print House

In 1970, Rauschenberg invited well-known printer Robert Petersen to live and work with him on Captiva. At the time, Petersen was an assistant printer at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles and had printed editions for Rauschenberg, most notably his Stoned Moon series (1969-70), during which they formed a close friendship. In 1971, Rauschenberg purchased the Print House, which they called the Print Shop, and the pair founded Untitled Press, Inc. Neighbor Maybelle Stamper contributed proofing stones and an old Fuchs and Lang proofing press that the team restored, and Gemini G.E.L. contributed lithography stones. Rauschenberg even named one of the presses after fellow Port Arthur resident Janis Joplin. He and Petersen printed their own work as well as work for visiting artists, such as Hisachika Takahashi (also Rauschenberg’s assistant), Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, David Bradshaw, Robert Whitman, and Susan Weil. 

Today, the converted garage studio space still houses a lithography press and etching press that the artists in residence use for printmaking work, and the rest of the house serves as a residence.

 

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Print House, photo by Mark Poucher, 2016

Print House, 2016. Photo: Mark Poucher

3 Men Painting

Rauschenberg and Stanley Grinstein working on the prototype for Waves (Stoned Moon), Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 1969. Photo: Sidney B. Felsen © 1969

Nicola del Roscio, Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Robert Petersen

Nicola del Roscio, Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Robert Petersen working in the Untitled Press print shop, Captiva, Florida, 1971. Photo: Hans Namuth © Hans Namuth Estate

Robert Rauschenberg at Work in his Studio

Rauschenberg working in his print shop, Captiva Florida, 1980

Robert Rauschenberg in Print Shop

Rauschenberg in the Print Shop. 

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson writes in the Print House, 2017. Photo: Mark Poucher

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson writes in the Print House, 2017. Photo: Mark Poucher

Jennie C. Jones and collaborator Brian Berry work on the etching press in the Print Studio, 2014. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht

Residency 4 artists gather to watch a film in the Print House, 2014. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht

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