Erasing De Kooning

June 20th, 2005 · No Comments · Writing


Robert Rauschenberg
Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953 [source]

Doug MacCash, the art critic for the New Orleans Times-Picayune has written a gonzo article on his “audience” with Robert Rauschenberg. The article culminates in a great story of the genesis of the erased De Kooning drawing.

“That’s how DeKooning came into the picture, because he was the best-known American artist, so I got a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, took a deep breath and knocked on his door. Almost unfortunately he was home. I was praying he not be there. So (when he answered) I explained to him what my idea was. And told him I needed his help to carry it out.” -Robert Rauchenberg, 2005

Read the whole article here. Get a better look at the Erased de Kooning Drawing at SF MOMA.

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