Robert Rauschenberg, Titan of American Art, Is Dead at 82

He definately shaped the way I see art…he dared to go beyond the box…along with Cage, PollocK, De Kooning….

Cage meant that people had come to see, through Mr. Rauschenberg’s efforts, not just that anything, including junk on the street, could be the stuff of art (this wasn’t itself new), but that it could be the stuff of an art aspiring to be beautiful — that there was a potential poetics even in consumer glut, which Mr. Rauschenberg celebrated. “I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly,” he once said, “because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”

New York Times article on Rauschenberg

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