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Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art$
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David W. Bernstein and Christopher Hatch

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044071

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.001.0001

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Diary: Cage's Mountain Lake Workshop, April 8–15, 1990

Diary: Cage's Mountain Lake Workshop, April 8–15, 1990

(p.244) Twelve Diary: Cage's Mountain Lake Workshop, April 8–15, 1990
Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Ray Kass

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides a glimpse of an exhibition of Cage's musical scores and other works held at the Student Union Gallery at Virginia Tech, which introduced his work as a visual artist to many people who knew him only as a composer. His investigation of the watercolor medium and of the relationships between his printmaking activity and his experience with painting were represented in his paintings from 1990. He decided to create divisions in the plane of each painting, which suggested that he might attempt to relate the new paintings to the general characteristics of modern musical composition. On the last day of the workshop, Cage painted the last scroll by repeating the same painting operations with the identical rocks used for New River Rocks and Washes, but asked for much lighter versions of the colors so that they would correspond with the smoke.

Keywords:   exhibition, Cage's musical scores, composer, watercolor, printmaking, paintings

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