View Full Version : Robert Rauschenberg has died

05-13-2008, 11:31 AM
Robert Rauschenberg, a giant in American art, died Monday night. This won't anything mean much to most people here perhaps, but I love his work, just love it, and he was one of the seminal artists of the 20th century. I even had a Robert Raushenberg ABC book for the boys to learn their letters so they would also become familiar with his art. He has some great stuff at the Chicago Art Institute and that is what I would always go to see his work. His op art and pop art were so significant but everything he did was trail blazing and expressive and had had such an impact on our culture in ways people just do not appreciate.

The New York Times has a slide show here: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/04/1...SHOW_index.html (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/04/14/arts/20080414_RAUS_SLIDESHOW_index.html)

Nice slide show but has none of the *wham* *pop* op art and his American Gun was such a rage against the violence of the 60s that was yet so cartoon looking that the subtleness of the explosive anger was utterly sublime.

Rest eternal grant him O God
and let light perpetual shine upon him.

05-13-2008, 12:08 PM

dunno, this one was pretty *wham* and *pop*


05-13-2008, 12:42 PM

dawned on me, a good way to see his work, only a fraction of it but still, worth it, page after page

05-13-2008, 01:24 PM
dig his work. love the combo of sculpture & painting in one.

But you know how I know Rauschenberg was teh ghey?


how come they get all the good taste?

05-13-2008, 11:40 PM
I'm gay - as I know the normal percentage of Dolphin fans are - ain't no thang - I know that Rauschenberg was reputed to be gay although he was briefly married - he tended to be not personal in his art unlike Picasso wwhose are reads like a diry of his private life -

I found these words (on a site for glbt artists) of interest of Rauschenberg in the 1950s: http://www.glbtq.com/arts/rauschenberg_r.html

Rauschenberg moved to New York City in 1949 and was briefly married to painter Susan Weil. In 1953 he met Jasper Johns, and they formed an intense personal and creative relationship that lasted until 1961. The painters critiqued one another's work, exchanged ideas, and together established a mode of making art that challenged Abstract Expressionism's emphasis on self-revelation.

Rauschenberg questioned the connection between feelings and paint both verbally and visually. For example, in Factum I (1957) he apes the spontaneously "unique" drips and splatters of Action Painting and then cleverly reproduces them in Factum II (1957).

Rauschenberg's de-emphasis of the self in his work is particularly meaningful when analyzed in the context of McCarthy-era homophobia (javascript:glossary('homophobia',''))homophobia (http://www.finheaven.com/glossary.php?word=homophobia&part=). How could a gay man explore his inner feelings if revealing his true self meant having to face ostracism and even persecution?

In response, Rauschenberg's strategies ranged from campy coding as he included such telling tidbits as photos of Judy Garland in Bantam (1954) to witty all-out assault as he un-drew the work of an older artist in Erased de Kooning (1953).

05-14-2008, 08:11 PM
:hi5: I love gays! we have many at our website www.4caulksmen.com. PrepDogg & Lappy are two of my favorites!!!!

Thanks for introducing me to this artist (albeit after his passing). I, myself, though straight, was an artist.

nice meeting you bro, and Go Fins.

05-15-2008, 06:56 PM
public memorial for him right here in the myer...

Public Rauschenberg memorial set for June

A sign at the University Grill in south Fort Myers honors Robert Rauschenberg, who died Monday at his Captiva home. Special to news-press.com

The public will be able to pay tribute to renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg in June at a memorial and art exhibition at Edison College in south Fort Myers.

Meanwhile, an art work by Rauschenberg sold for $14.6 million two days after his death at an auction of work by contemporary masters at Sotheby’s in New York City.

The total sales of the auction were the highest ever in any category for Sotheby’s according to ARTINFO.com.

Rauschenberg had three pieces in the Sotheby auction, which earned a whopping $362,037,000.

The only higher total is for a contemporary art auction at Christie’s, which brought in $384,654,400.

The Sotheby’s auction Wednesday night included 83 lots by luminaries such as Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Yves Klein.

The record sale was for Francis Bacon’s “Triptych, 1976,” which sold for $86.2 million. The pre-auction sales estimate was about $70 million.

The sales of other Rauschenberg pieces, according to the Sotheby’s Web site, were:

• A 1961 combine painting, “Slug,” sold for $2.84 million. Sotheby’s estimated it would sell for between $3 and $4 million,

• “Red Body,” — a pencil, gouache and solvent transfer on paper dated 1969, sold for $993,000, exceeding the estimated selling price of $500,000 to $700,000, according to the Sotheby’s Web site.


05-16-2008, 10:36 AM
see! another ghey from our website! :hi5: d-day