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Rob and I: Rauschenberg at SFMOMA

It was on one knee, while I gazed with eager intensity at abstract expressionist Robert Rauschenberg’s “Monogram” (1955-59), that I realized I was experiencing visceral joy. Mind you, this joy was not a product of being eye level with a literal goat (enveloped mid-way up by a cumbersome tire and entirely splattered in paint). It wasn’t produced by…