Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Goodbye, Robert Rauschenberg.


One of my heroes died this week. Robert Rauschenberg, aptly described in an obituary by Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times as "... a Titan of American art," passed away on Monday, leaving us an extraordinary body of work. Kimmelman writes: “A painter, photographer, printmaker, choreographer, onstage performer, set designer and, in later years, a composer, Mr. Rauschenberg defied the traditional idea that an artist stick to one medium or style. He pushed, prodded and sometimes substantially reconceived various mediums in which he worked.” Read the rest of Kimmelman's excellent obituary here. You can also view a slideshow about Rauschenberg here. Shown above is Rauschenberg's Untitled, from 1952, a transfer on paper with gouache, watercolor, crayon, pencil, and cut paper (Guggenheim Collection).

2 comments :

Jane Flanagan said...

I read this yesterday and was so sad and nobody around me at work knew / cared who I was talking about (don't you HATE that feeling!?)

I recently reread Arthur Danto's "Unnatural Wonders" and in the intro he talks about seeing Raushchenber's Bed being a pivotal moment. He says, "Rauschenberg and his intrepid peers were not merely beginning a new era of art history-the were at the same tie beginning a new era in the philosophy of art".

For me, art is its best - in any medium - when it engages you cerebrally and also deeply moves you. Rauschenberg always makes me both think and feel.

Lori Langille said...

Thanks for such a lovely and heartfelt comment, Jane -- I couldn't agree more. And thanks too for the reminder about the Danto book -- must pick it up.

Recently I've been experimenting with Rauschenberg's transfer technique in my own work, and the more I explore it the more possibilities I find ...

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