I don’t think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that’s now history.
Our culture now wonderfully, alchemically transforms images and history into artistic material. The possibilities seem endless and wide open.
I love Rauschenberg. I love that he created a turning point in visual history, that he redefined the idea of beauty, that he combined painting, sculpture, photography, and everyday life with such gall, and that he was interested in, as he put it, ‘the ability to conceive failure as progress.’
It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.