The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Robert Rauschenberg is Dead

His evocative works (along with Jasper Johns) were very influencial on my early interest in painting and art, though you would never know it today.

He once quipped: "A pair of socks is not less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric."

He is usually called a pop artist, but his approach is actually closer to Dada. A really fine book that captures his early development and relationship to Duchamp is Calvin Tomkins Off the Wall - really good read.