Photo: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
I'm sad to say that perhaps the biggest influence in my life as an artist has passed away. Robert Rauschenberg died yesterday at his home in Captiva Island, Florida. He was 82.
I will write more when I have the time. In the meantime, you can read more about the man and the artist here:
New York Times Obit
Robert Rauschenberg on Wikipedia
From "An Interview with Robert Rauschenberg by Barbara Rose":
BR: It's interesting that in all your years of producing new directions in your art, you have never gotten into death imagery. A great deal of risk but not death. Is that something that you ever think about?
RR: Not often. I have always said that life has nothing to do with death. They're two separate things, and that's the way it ought to be. If that's innocent, so be it. Innocence is not like virginity. Virginity you can have only once. Innocence you have to nourish every day.