Thursday, February 23, 2012

John Cage at Crown Point Press

This afternoon I saw prints by John Cage at Crown Point Press. Cage made these prints on almost yearly visits there during the last 15 years of his life, & they are exhibited as part of Crown Point's 50th anniversary. In a process that parallels his music, he designed chance procedures that dictated their production. Sample worksheets show how meticulously Cage specified even the mixture of pigments. One set of prints was created by timed contact with fire. Even though the results were up to chance, Cage never rejected a piece, & the prints feel calm & controlled.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppAn informative staffer told me that for the exhibit opening they brought in a piano for a concert of Cage's music. The program included 4' 33", a score of which is also on display in the gallery. I wish I'd known about the event.

§ John Cage exhibition
Crown Point Press
February 3 - March 31, 2012

§ Pictured: 10 Stones, 1989; John Cage

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