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John Cage

1912 - 1992, Born in Los Angeles (United States of America)

 

A major figure of 20th century avant-garde music, John Cage produced experimental works, invented the prepared piano, introduced silence as a compositional element, developed the ideas of chance and indeterminacy, and made use of electronic devices.

In the late 1960s, Cage widened his practice to the field of the plastic arts. His first work, Not Wanting To Say Anything About Marcel (1969), paid homage to his friend Marcel Duchamp, who had died the previous year, and marked the start of a highly productive period of pieces ranging from graphic art and poetry to installations and sound sculptures

Selected Bibliography

Cage, John ; Barras, Vincent. Silence : conférences et écrits. Nouvelle édition revue et corrigée. Genève : Ed. Contrechamps, 2012. 

Satie, Erik, ; Kuhn, Laura Diane. ; Raspail, T... [et al.]. Cage's Satie Composition for museum : 28 septembre - 30 décembre, 2012 [exposition, Cage's Satie, MAC Lyon, 28 septembre - 30 décembre 2012]. Lyon : Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2012. 

Julia Robinson. The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and Experimental Art : [exhibition, Barcelona, MACBA, Oct. 23, 2009- Jan. 10, 2010 ; Hovikodden (N), Henie Onstad Art Centre, Feb. 25-May 30, 2010]. Barcelone : MACBA, 2009.

Cage, John ; Fong-Wust, Monique. Silence : discours et écrits. [2e éd.]. Paris : Denoël, 2004. (X-trême). 

Cage, John. Sculpture musicale : sons durant et partant de différents point formant une sculpture sonore qui dure (Marcel Duchamp). Madrid : Estampa Ediciones, 1991.

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