In marking the passing of American artist Robert Rauschenberg, we can celebrate his enormous and eclectic body of work, the innovations he brought to the art world, and his notably optimistic and upbeat demeanor.
Rauschenberg died of heart failure this past Monday evening at the age of 82.
His New York Times obituary includes a wonderful quote from composer
John Cage - -
- - In reference to the transformative power of Rauschenberg's art and his celebration of the common object, Cage said “Beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look.”
'Bed', 1955 ►
Rauschenberg was a very prolific artist, and there will likely be new works of his to discover for several years to come.
- - But, as an important 20th century artist who in his continued passion for work has so often occupied the present tense, by marking Rauschenberg's passing we are once again made to mourn yet another end to an era.
- an index to Rauschenberg work available online at Artcyclopedia.
- A PBS 'American Masters' bio page includes a video clip link to Rauschenberg discussing his 1955 piece, ◀ 'Monogram' and the origins of his combines.
- In the video clip below ▼, Rauschenberg relates the story of his famous 'erasing' of a DeKooning drawing in 1953.