Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg dies

May 13, 2008 8:25:45 AM PDT
The gallery representative for Robert Rauschenberg says the pop artist has died in Florida at 82. Pace Wilderstein gallery spokeswoman Jennifer Joy says Tuesday that Rauschenberg died Monday.

Rauschenberg was known for his use of odd and everyday articles. That earned him a reputation as a pioneer in pop art whose talents spanned the worlds of painting, sculpture and dance.

Among Rauschenberg's most famous works was "Bed." He created it after he woke up in the mood to paint but had no money for a canvas. His solution was to take the quilt off his bed and use paint, toothpaste and fingernail polish.