Robert Rauschenberg designed this album cover for the Talking Heads back in 1983 and won a grammy for his work. I have always liked Rauschenberg for the way he took the regular stuff of life and made it into art. Anything and everything he got his hands on became a cool composition and a prophetic statement at the same time. As is evidenced with this album cover, collaboration was also really important to him. He is famous for getting creative input from his various assistants over the years. Brice Marden being the former studio assistant that became the most famous in his own right.
Our local art museum the GRAM is preparing to do a special exhibition featuring Rauschenberg opening February 3rd. I have a meeting today with a videographer who is making a film for the museum of local artists who have somehow been influenced by his work and life. One thing I found out I have in common with him is that his parents where fundamentalist Christians. That strict upbringing may have made him even more hungry for what was beyond those clearly cut boundaries. The discipline he had in the studio to get work done may have also been a carry over from his well meaning parents who taught him to pull his own weight.