Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, Plexigram I—VIII, 1969

Mixed Media

Set of 8 panels of Plexiglas each in a walnut base that measures 14.5" x 24" x 14.5". Two panels in each set are bronze tinted; six are clear. The images were silkscreened. The walnut base is hand-signed and numbered by Cage and his collaborator Calvin Sumsion. The work is accompanied by a text by John Cage describing the method of composing his first graphic work by chance operations. I—IV, Edition of 125 V—VIII, Edition of 18

24.00 in x 14.50 in x 14.50 in

61.0 cm x 36.8 cm x 36.8 cm

Edition of 125
Price: $75,000

    About The Work

    In 1969, the noted composer John Cage created a series of eight "plexigrams" to commemorate his close friend Marcel Duchamp, who died in 1968. Cage took his title from a comment by Jasper Johns, who said he did not want to say anything in regards to Duchamp's death, as many artists had done at the time. Each of Cage's eight plexigrams were silkscreened with images and text that he chose based on the unpredictable outcomes from the oracular statements of the Chinese I Ching system, in a subtle commentary on the randomness of death and expression. 


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