Robert Rauschenberg Quotes


33 Robert Rauschenberg quotes:



"You begin with the possibilities of the material."
"One can see that a canvas is six feet by eight feet, say, quite accurately. But you can spend two minutes and think it's five, or thirty seconds and it's just a different bed for activities there."
"A newspaper that you're not reading can be used for anything; and the same people didn't think it was immoral to wrap their garbage in newspaper."
"An empty canvas is full."
"And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not, do give you permission."
"And also the new excitement and variety of ways that the abstract expressionists were applying paint. You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting."
"And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway."
"And I think that even today, New York still has more of this unexpected quality around every corner than any place else. It's something quite extraordinary."
"And if I see in the superficial subconscious relationships that I'm familiar with, cliches of association, I change the picture."
"But I found a lot of artists at the Cedar Bar were difficult for me to talk to."
"But I was in awe of the painters; I mean I was new in New York, and I thought the painting that was going on here was just unbelievable."
"Every time I've moved, my work has changed radically."
"I always have a good reason for taking something out but I never have one for putting something in. And I don't want to, because that means that the picture is being painted predigested."
"I did a twenty foot print and John Cage is involved in that because he was the only person I knew in New York who had a car and who would be willing to do this."
"I don't mess around with my subconscious."
"I don't think any one person, whether artist or not, has been given permission by anyone to put the responsibility of the way things are on anyone else."
"I don't think that we have the strength over a period of years to see things always as though we hadn't ever looked at them before to see them new."
"I got so I was really just sick of sculpture."
"I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world."
"I think maybe chance works better in a situation like music because music exists over a period of time, and you don't maintain constantly the you can't refer back from one area to another area."



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