There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting.— Robert Rauschenberg
The most blissful Robert Rauschenberg quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
I feel strong in my belief, based on my widely traveled collaborations, that a one-to-one contact through art contains potent peaceful powers, and is the most non-elitist way to share information, hopefully seducing us into creating mutual understandings for the benefit of all.
You begin with the possibilities of the material.
The only thing that I could get with chance, and I never was able to use it, was that I would end up with something quite geometric or the spirit that I was interested in, indulging in, was gone.
Screwing things up is a virtue. Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can't read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.
I've not been cursed with talent, which could be a great inhibitor.
An empty canvas is full.
The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
I don't think of myself as making art.
I do what I do because I want to, because painting is the best way I've found to get along with myself.
I don't want a picture to look like something it isn't. I want it to look like something it is.
For me there is no difference between art and life.
You can't make either life or art, you have to work in the hole in between, which is undefined. That's what makes the adventure of painting.
There was something about the self-confession and self-confusion of Abstract expressionism - as though the man and the work were the same - that personally always put me off because at that time my focus was in the opposite direction.
I usually work in a direction until I know how to do it, then I stop, At the time that I am bored or understand - I use those words interchangeably - another appetite has formed.
Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made - I try to act in the gap.
Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.
I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly, because they're surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.
I don't like masterpieces having one-night stands in collectors' homes between auctions.
A pair of socks is no less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric.
Painting is always strongest when in spite of composition, color, etc.
, it appears as a fact, or an inevitability, as opposed to a souvenir or arrangement.
Well, I like way downtown near the Battery.
I lived down there at this time and for, I guess, the following well, this is where I moved to uptown and I've been here for four years and this is 1965.
Success is a worn down pencil.
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
I still have a struggle reading (dyslexia, fh) and so I don't read much.
. ..Probably the only reason I'm painter is because I couldn't read yet I love to write, but when I write I know what I'm writing, but when I'm reading I can't see it, because it goes from all sides of the page at once. But that's very good for printmaking.
While my classmates were reading their textbooks, I drew in the margins.
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.
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.
It's so easy to be undisciplined. And to be disciplined is so against my character, my general nature anyway, that I have to strain a little bit to keep on the right track.
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
I was much happier when I had less responsibility.
.. when my only responsibility was to my work and to myself.
Basically painting is total idiocy.
I wouldn't use the same color in a picture in more than one place
I never allowed myself the luxury of those brilliant, beautiful colors until I went to India and saw people walking around in them or dragging them in the mud. I realised they were not so artificial.
So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been something for years that I have been concerned with because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as opposed to a form of design.
Most artists try to break your heart, or they accidentally break their own hearts.But I find the quietness in the ordinary much more satisfying.
I don't think there's anything really wrong with influence because I think that one can use another man's art as material either literally or just implying that they're doing that, without it representing a lack of a point of view.
I got so I was really just sick of sculpture.
Photography is the most direct communication in non-violent contacts.
For the first time, I wasn't embarrassed by the look of beauty, of elegance, because when you see someone who has only one rag as their property, but it happens to be beautiful and pink and silk, beauty doesn't have to be separated... I have always said that you shouldn't have biases, you shouldn't have prejudices. But before that [before his trip to India, circa 1975] I'd never been able to use purple, because it was too beautiful.
A canvas is never empty.
There was a whole language that I could never make function for myself in relationship to painting, and that was attitudes like tortured, struggle, pain.
It is neither Art for Art, nor Art against Art.
I am for Art, but for Art that has nothing to do with Art. Art has everything to do with life, but it has nothing to do with Art.
This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say so.
Very quickly a painting is turned into a facsimile of itself when one becomes so familiar with with it that one recognizes it without looking at it.
My concern is never art, but always what art can be used for.
This telegram is a work of art if I say it is.
It is impossible to have progress without conscience
Work is my joy... Work is my therapy, I don't know anybody who loves work as much as I do.
An empty canvas is full only if you want it to be full.
Having to be different is the same trap as having to be the same.