I was surprised that no one brought up the fact that Art is power. The tone was more condescending, ‘How can we help these poor artists?’ I think it’s the State that needs the artists. It needs the cultural environment that American artists have made…and they’ve made it without acknowledgment or support.
-Robert Rauschenberg in an intervew with Maricla Moyano, published in the Washington Post on June 5, 1966.
During the NOW Festival in Washington DC, Rauschenberg attended a luncheon at the Capitol in conjunction with the event. The above quote was his response when the interviewer asked him what he thought of the luncheon the following day. His point is astonishingly still-relevant, especially in light of recent discussions to cut federal spending for the arts…
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