Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg, RIP

The "citizen artist" who moved from abstract expressionism to pop and happenings without accepting a dime of government support has died. Rauschenberg also produced commercial and commissioned art, like the cover for a Talking Heads album

No law or joint agreement could accomplish anything but esthetic rot. We have smelt that stench before in countries attempting political muscle by inhibiting the creativity of the arts. This policy has been the downfall of the most aggressive powers.


  1. Andre SammartinoJune 11, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Provision of government support for the arts is not the same thing as censorship thereof. The government can play a benefactor role (as it does for ballets, operas, orchestras in many countries) without distorting the "purity" of the output. Would you have prefered patrons with state-like interests had offered no patronage to the many of the Renaissance masters?

  2. I was trying to find a better quote but none of the online obituaries had anything about Rauschenberg's hostility to government sponsored art. If you can find something more appropriate, please send.