16 May 2008

Robert Raushenberg (1925-2008)

Robert Rauschenberg (1967). Photograph © Burton Berinsky
/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

"Robert Rauschenberg, the man who once said he wanted to
act in the gap between art and life, has departed this life, [...]
The only trouble with all of this was that there never has been
a gap between art and life. There is art. There is life. For all I know,
Rauschenberg's has been a life well lived. As for his art, it stank
in the 1950s and it doesn't look any better today." ~ Jed Perl

"Bob’s way of talking was a challenge to many — he spoke in
constant puns and metaphors, like a stream-of-consciousness
poet, and one had to suspend traditional forms of speech,
understanding and discourse and go with the flow. It was
liberating, if you could hang in there, and never mundane.
Conversation was like one of his pieces: a crazy mishmash
of images, multiple layers and references, and a spray
of allusions that were simultaneously silly, profound
and beautiful - he was the Neal Cassady of the art world.
His life, and his relation to those around him, was just like
his work; there was no separation and he never went
out of character. The love of the world that was in the work
was also in the man." ~ David Byrne

Well, which is it? So, here two further "appreciations" of Rauschenberg from Roger Kimball and The New York Times. I'll come back to this.

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Blogger Peter said...

Raushenberg was always somewhat enigmatic. I've never felt comfy with the art/life definition that he gave to himself. However, he did re-image how art looked at itself and is embedded in the proto phase of the New Symbolism that has flooded our galleries and colleges. Peter Allen

28 July, 2008 14:10  

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