Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

I just read that artist Robert Rauschenberg died yesterday. He was one of the giants of twentieth century art, adventurous and unconventional to say the least. His influence among artists of all stripes cannot be overestimated, as his styles have been emulated for decades–particularly his “combines” which, as the name implies, combine many different media and styles. Perhaps his best known (or at least his most seen) work is the packaging of the limited edition release of Talking Heads’ 1983 LP, Speaking In Tongues, for which he won a Grammy award.

Though his most active years were well behind him at the time of his death, he still kept busy. Most recently he created the organization Change Inc., which helps struggling artists pay medical bills.

Goodbye, Mr. Rauschenberg.