"I work in the gap between art
As reported in several online outlets this morning, including on the NY Times' website, American artist Robert Rauschenberg, who helped shape the face of 20th century art, died last night (May 12) at age 82.
Always prolific and diverse, the Texas born artist worked in numerous mediums throughout his career. He was a painter, sculptor, photographer, choreographer, printmaker, stage performer, set designer, and even a composer.
"I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out of the real world," Rauschenberg once said. He was hailed by London's. Sunday Telegraph early in his career as “The most important American artist since Jackson Pollock."
Perhaps most importantly, Rauschenberg was instrumental in guiding the direction of American art out of Abstract Expressionism, the prevailing art movement in the beginning of the 1950's, when he first emerged. As accurately noted by the New York Times, he built 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."