The Easel

The Confidence Man of American Art

US critics are gearing up for the Rauschenberg retrospective, about to open in New York. Rauschenberg’s lofty reputation doesn’t stop this writer attacking both him and his work. Rauschenberg lacked discipline, was a “showman”, merely a “creative personality-at-large in the arts. Didn’t it ever occur to him that the search for perfection, however quixotic, is among the greatest adventures?” Phew!