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Robert Rauschenberg
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"If you do work with known quantities-making puns or dealing symbolically with your material-you are shortening the life of the work."

"Keep your curiosity and your instincts. Instincts have to be trusted, they have to be respected. Or they die."
 
"I'm curious. It's very rewarding. I'm still discovering things every day."
 
"If you do work with known quantities-making puns or dealing symbolically with your material-you are shortening the life of the work."
 
"I realized that the details should not be taken in at one glance, that you should be able to look from place to place without feeling the bigger image. I had to make a surface which invited a constant change of focus and an examination of detail. Listening happens in time. Looking also had to happen in time."
 
"I don't want a painting to be just an expression of my personality. I feel it ought to be much better than that. And I'm opposed to the whole idea of...getting an idea for a picture and then carrying it out. I've always felt as though, whatever I've used and whatever I've done, the method was always closer to collaboration with materials than to any kind of conscious manipulation and control...I'd really like to think that the artist could be just another kind of material in the picture, working in collaboration with all the other materials."
 
"You begin with the possibilities of the material, and then you see what they can do; so the artist is almost a bystander while he's working."
 
"My paintings are invitations to look somewhere else."
 
"Ideas aren't real estate, they grow collectively and that knocks out the egotistical loneliness that generally infects art. "
 
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