Nan Rosenthal is Senior Consultant, Dept. of Nineteenth Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art. David White is Robert Rauschenberg's curator of the last 30 years.
Rauschenberg said There is no reason not to consider the world as a gigantic painting. The process of cropping artfully from the gigantic painting and then clustering the actuality and materials of the real world in and onto his art was his central project.