Rauschenberg’s Ordinary Talent

From Jed Perl’s scathing summation for The New Republic of Robert Rauschenberg’s legacy:

Rauschenberg’s chutzpah–the man painted, sculpted, danced, choreographed, designed sets, even composed music–opened up the possibilities that are now being mined by contemporary con-artists such as Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, and Jeff Koons. Rauschenberg didn’t poeticize the ordinary. He aggrandized the ordinary, he put a high-art style price tag on the ordinary. That could describe much of the most widely discussed work being exhibited and sold in the art world today. (source)

Amen.

One response to “Rauschenberg’s Ordinary Talent”

  1. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that someone from the New Republic would be so clueless about one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Cluelessness is what the New Republic specializes in politics, so it is fitting that it extends to the arts.

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