• John Cage

    The Phillips Collection

    This exhibition of 30 watercolors by avant-garde composer John Cage, originally organized by Julia Boyd at the Virginia Museum, presents his first experiments in painting since student days. Cage has been making prints since 1978, and this experience inspired a series of drawings in 1983 referring to the Zen-inspired Ryoanji Garden in Japan. Titled “Where R = Ryoanji,” these works were made by drawing around stones with pencils of various weights, selected, as were the stones and their positions on the paper, by chance operations. In 1988, using rocks he selected from a site along Virginia’s

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