6 August 2010
From watercolours at the Baltic to Water Walk on a quiz show
According to Schoenberg, John Cage (1912-1992) wasn’t a composer, but ‘an inventor – of genius.’ Cage was also a visual artist and printmaker, and his scores are wonderful visual artefacts, too, see
‘Sound, code, image’ in Eye 26. The touring exhibition ‘Every Day is a Good Day’ is apparently the first major show of Cage’s prints, watercolours and drawings, and you can see it at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead until 5 September 2010.
Top: 10 Stones, 1989.
Above: 75 Stones, 1989.
Above: HV2, No. 17b, 1992.
Above: Spread from ‘Sound, code, image’, in Eye 26. The detail on the right is from the score of Cage’s Concert for Piano and orchestra (1958).
To get an idea of Cage the man, see this famous clip of him performing his composition Water Walk on the US quiz show I’ve Got A Secret.
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