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Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, 1969

John Cage

American, 1912-1992
Silkscreens (8) on plexiglass set in a wooden base
14-3/8 x 20-1/8 x 10-5/8 in. (36.5 x 51.1 x 27.0 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Judith Thomas, 1970
© 2010 John Cage Trust

Not on view

Irwin Hollander was the first trained master printer to leave Tamarind and start his own workshop. In 1964, the New Yorker moved back to his native city and established Hollander Graphic Workshop, where he brought the newly invigorated process of lithography to a number of artists, as June Wayne had envisioned. Among them was the avant-garde musician John Cage, who produced his first work of fine art with Hollander. The artist had just performed a musical piece for which 50 slide projectors were directed on screens while harpsichords played in the distance. Cage became inspired by the layering and floating screens, which is how he and Hollander came to use Plexiglas. The entire work consists of four of these plexigrams along with a lithograph, an ensemble that incorporates traditional lithography as well as more experimental printmaking.

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