Worth a visit!
Every Day is a Good Day
25 September – 14 November 2010
John Cage was one of the leading avant-garde composers of the twentieth century, most famous perhaps for his silent work of 1952, 4’33”. Cage was closely connected with art and artists throughout his long career. He collaborated frequently with Robert Rauschenberg and the dance choregrapher Merce Cunningham, was a friend of Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp, and was a major influence on the Fluxus artists of the 1960s and 70s. It was not until he was in his mid-sixties that he began to practice seriously as a visual artist himself, producing over 600 prints with the Crown Point Press in San Francisco, as well as 260 drawings and watercolours. In these works he applied the same chance-determined procedures that he used in his musical compositions.
This exhibition will be the largest ever organised, presenting over 100 works on paper, including the extraordinary Ryoanji series, described by the art critic David Sylvester as ‘among the most beautiful prints and drawings made anywhere in the 1980s’. In these works he drew around the outlines of stones scattered (according to chance) across the paper or printing plate, in one case drawing around 3,375 individually placed stones. He also experimented with burning or soaking the paper, and applied complex, painstaking procedures at each stage of the printmaking process.