Post #1178 • May 15, 2008, 7:04 AM • 24 Comments
Rauschenberg's combines have a junky charm, and like many things done in the third quarter of the 20th Century, one can detect a background radiation of radicalism in them, however faintly it registers now and however quaint it looks in retrospect. I have never seen a two-dimensional work of his that didn't give the impression that one could lazily re-arrange the elements and produce something equally effective.
I saw him once as his assistant wheeled him through the opening for his show at the Miami Art Museum (for which I wrote a blurb). Despite his physical state, he beamed his famous winning smile and took himself not at all seriously. That grin made an impression on me. On the occasion of his passing I wish I could say the same about his work.