Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to exhibit a group of works on paper by world-renowned artist and composer John Cage (1912-1992.)
The presentation will feature a work, Changes and Disappearances 12, 1979-82, a mixed media print Cage composed by means of 'maps', systems arrived at through chance determinations. The 'maps' described the way the print was to be developed (including chance steps during its making), removing intention from the process. These remarkable conceptual artworks combine color etching and photo etching techniques along with engraving and drypoint. A Changes and Disappearances print (made at Crown Point Press, San Francisco) will be exhibited with Cage's 5 'maps' integral to the work. For over 15 years he created works at Crown Point Press where he engaged the printers and presses in pioneering ways, using objects and even fire to make marks and impressions on paper.
Cage's music and his importance as a composer are legendary. Performances and lectures were of great influence to painters and other artists. His own visual art drew from the same experiments in chance actions and performance. He worked predominantly on paper: drawing, using print techniques and watercolor. Examples are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany and other important museums. John Cage was included in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh in 1991 and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art mounted a one-person tribute to his visual art in 1992. Since his death, solo Cage exhibitions were presented at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (2000), the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (1987), the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1982), and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany (1978).