In a famously cited incident of 1953, Rauschenberg erased a drawing by de Kooning, which he obtained from his colleague for the express purpose of erasing it as an artistic statement. The result is titled Erased de Kooning Drawing.
by b_b 516 days ago · link
They're both Gods of the mid-century NY art scene. One thing that I always found really cool about RR is that he worked as a professor of art at South Florida University until he died a few years ago. You could become a grad student there and learn from him. That's pretty humble and awesome, given that he is a mega famous artist.
by caio 516 days ago · link
According to the wiki, De Kooning taught too, "at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1948 and at the Yale School of Art in 1950/51". It seems that only for a short while though.
You're right: it is humbling and awesome. It tells people everyone can be an artist. You're not born a painter, you become one.