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

Ray Kass

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044071
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044873 | DOI:
Diary: Cage's Mountain Lake Workshop, April 8–15, 1990

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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

Chapter.  5609 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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