Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Bye bye, Bob.
Beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look.
John Cage said that. He was talking about Robert Rauschenberg's work, the way Bob's cheerful, collaborative, irreverent, inclusive and original aesthetic helped many of us look at the mundane world in a brand new way.
I won't try writing an obit - I'm sure there will be many wonderful tributes written about him, but I had to say goodbye to one of my nearests and dearests in a public way.
It was Bob (primarily), but also Jasper and John and Merce, who inspired me to look carefully at what's supposed to be ordinary. I know they were following the lead of other giants, like Marcel and Man, also inspirational to me, but not as personally as the Bride and the Bachelors. Thanks Calvin for writing that book, and thanks to my friend Nate Fors for lending it to me so many many years ago.
Bob? Have fun in heaven. I'm sure you will! Hail and farewell.