Art + Design

Robert Rauschenberg.

One of my favorite artists died last night. The New York Times has posted an obituary for Robert Rauschenberg.

With White Painting, 1951.

Any incentive to paint is as good as any other. There is no poor subject. Painting is always strongest when in spite of composition, color, etc., it appears as a fact, or an inevitability, as opposed to a souvenir or arrangement. Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made . . . A pair of socks is no less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil, and fabric.
—Robert Rauschenberg, 1959.

Trophy II (for Teeny and Marcel Duchamp), 1960.

Untitled, 1955.

Untitled, 1952.

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  • Reply Belinda May 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    we have his retroactive 1 print framed in our guest room.

  • Reply Julie May 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    It was so sad to hear about this.

  • Reply Amalie May 14, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Oh no! I hadn’t heard this.

    He was one of my very favorites. So sad.

  • Reply Mary-Laure May 14, 2008 at 9:28 am

    His death has saddened me. If you want to read about him, dancer Carolyn Brown, who met him back when he was a struggling artist, talks a lot about him and his collaboratin with Merce Cunningham in her fabulous book ‘Chance and Circumstance’

  • Reply katie May 14, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I was really sad to hear about this. I studied a lot of his in college and was really influenced by him.

  • Reply stacy May 14, 2008 at 11:08 am

    A real loss. He had such a talent.

  • Reply jessica May 20, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I’m late to hear this but still very sad. I was always happy to see his work maybe because he just went for it. This is a lovely (and true) RR quote (from that NYT obit):

    “Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.”

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