Robert Rauschenberg


*1925 in Port Arthur (Texas), USA
† 2008 in Captiva Island (Florida), USA
Worked with
Painting, photography, prints, collage and installation

In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg spectacularly proclaimed the end of Abstract Expressionism by erasing a drawing by Willem de Kooning and declaring the result a work of art. He rejected the introspection, gravity and self-referentiality of abstract painting and called for art to engage and reflect the real world around us, as summed up in his statement: "For me, there's no difference between art and life."