John Cage Was

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Product Details

Price
$55.00
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
Pages
232
Dimensions
12.27 X 1.28 X 11.29 inches | 4.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780819575043

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About the Author

JAMES KLOSTY is a photographer, actor, and devoted organic gardener. He is the photographer/author of Merce Cunningham, and his work has been shown at the Leo Castelli Gallery and the ICP/International Center of Photography. Klosty lives in Millbrook, New York.

Reviews

"With enviable intimacy this book captures the wit, the wicked genius, and infectious curiosity of the great John Cage. It is a testament to his power as an artist, and to his lasting legacy as inspiration to anyone with a few 'crazy' ideas."--Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Of course Cage was photographed all his life and was a wonderful subject, but Klosty seems to have had a special rapport with him. This might be because he seems, like Cage, to be a man with boundless enthusiasm and zest for life His joy, humor, and love almost burst forth from his short introduction."--American Record Guide

"James Klosty's new book about the celebrated mischief-maker of avant-garde American music, dance, and theater, John Cage Was includes many previously unpublished photographs and some 62 comments by Cage's associates. As Klosty's photographs show, Cage's process was an active, almost athletic activity. But it had a spiritual dimension too."--Marcia B. Siegel, The Hudson Review

"Klosty's presentation of these images and memories offers an immediacy and closeness to Cage that stands out from the immense volume of written work on him."--Liam Smith, The Huffington Post

"The countless musicians, artists, and others whose minds and ears Cage cracked open in the course of his long, creative life, as well as those who are intrigued by his artifacts, will relish this collection of photographs of the iconoclastic, groundbreaking composer and his milieu from 1967-1972."--Publishers Weekly

"With enviable intimacy this book captures the wit, the wicked genius, and infectious curiosity of the great John Cage. It is a testament to his power as an artist, and to his lasting legacy as inspiration to anyone with a few 'crazy' ideas."--Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Klosty, best known as a photographer, delivers a collection of previously unseen images and 100-word observations about Cage. These anecdotes came from the many artists, poets, dancers and musicians who knew the artist and acknowledge the influence of his work. The assembled witnesses include contemporary artists such as Yoko Ono, Twyla Tharp, John Ashbery, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson and many more. Many of the contributors use Cage's writing style in their very short essays, anecdotes, and poems. (Indeterminacy abounds. Aleatory methods converge.) For Cage aficionados, part of the fun of this book comes from seeing how his peers use forms he created. But the photographs offer the greatest reward. Between 1967 and 1972, Klosty trained his camera lens on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He photographed Cunningham, the director, plus John Cage, the in-house composer, and also members of the company. The troupe prepared iconoclastic new works and presented them on stages around the world."--Bill Taft, Paste Magazine