Robert Rauschenberg

1925 (Port Arthur, Tex.) – 2008 (Captiva, Fla.)

Johns and Rauschenberg shared lives for a while, living as partners and working as artistic close companions. Rauschenberg had also been involved with Twombly, travelling together in Europe and North Africa, sometimes with Bowles too. Albers taught him at Black Mountain College, where Kaprow, Cage and Cunningham also became friends — Rauschenberg described Albers as a beautiful teacher and impossible person. He was given a good drawing to erase by de Kooning, collaborated with Tinguely and Saint Phalle (with a script from Koch no-one followed), supported Dine, influenced the older Cage, and worked closely with Cunningham for 10 years.