Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History (Columbia University Press, 2019), edited by Sara Sinclair, and narrated by Peter Bearman and Mary Marshall Clark, is a work of collaborative oral biography that tells the story of one of the twentieth century’s great artists through a series of interviews with key figures in his life ― family, friends, former lovers, professional associates, studio assistants, and collaborators.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was a breaker of boundaries and a consummate collaborator. He used silk-screen prints to reflect on American promise and failure, melded sculpture and painting in works called combines, and collaborated with engineers and scientists to challenge our thinking about art. Through collaborations with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and others, Rauschenberg bridged the music, dance, and visual-art worlds, inventing a new art for the last half of the twentieth century. [Read more…] about Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History