John Cage

The Readymade Boomerang

John Cage (b. 1912 in Los Angeles, d. 1992 in New York) studied with Henry Cowell and Arnold Schönberg and was both a composer and an artist. His compositions are among the key works of New Music and his concerts have had a lasting influence on the Fluxus movement. Cage became internationally known with the piece 4'33 (1952), which is also known as a silent piece: it consists only in the fact that the musicians sit down at their instruments without ever playing them. Cage’s works combine music and everyday sounds, thus creating unique sound events. Since the late 1960s, he increasingly worked as a visual artist, too. He experimented with various printing techniques and possibilities of design using the random principle, thus transferring his compositional methods to graphic works. The silkscreen prints offered by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein are part of the graphic portfolio The Readymade Boomerang, which was created as part of the 8th Biennale of Sydney (1990). Cage wrote the poem in the form of a mesostic one year earlier, probably in response to his encounter with the first album of the legendary Deep Listening Band, which created a connection between music and meditation. His works were shown at, among others, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008); documenta, Kassel (1987).



The Readymade Boomerang
1989, 2-colored silkscreen, 70 x 100 cm, 3 of 60 + XLV AP, signed and numbered
850 euro member, 850 euro non-member