Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Uber-creative Rauschenberg Takes the Final Bow

The world of art suffered a great loss yesterday. Robert Rauschenberg, the very influential American artist, died at the age of 82. The NY Times notes:

"A painter, photographer, printmaker, choreographer, onstage performer, set designer and, in later years, even a composer, Mr. Rauschenberg defied the traditional idea that an artist stick to one medium or style. He pushed, prodded and sometimes reconceived all the mediums in which he worked.

Building on the legacies of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell and others, he thereby helped to obscure the lines between painting and sculpture, painting and photography, photography and printmaking, sculpture and photography, sculpture and dance, sculpture and technology, technology and performance art — not to mention between art and life."

And here's one of his statements that I truly appreciate and with which I fully concur:

“Screwing things up is a virtue. Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can’t read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.”

He will be missed. Thank you for your uninhibited and honest art, Robert Rauschenberg!

Read full tribute here.
graph per ny times


Anonymous said...

Where has this sentence been all my life?:
"Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea."

Anonymous said...

Heck yeah! Screwing things up is a virtue, indeed. I know whom I'm saying this too. Thanks for the post.