John Cage / Lois Long
John Cage (1912 - 1992, USA) / Lois Long (*1918, USA)
The edition ‘Mud Book’ (1983) is a collaboration between American composer John Cage and textile designer/artist Lois Long The edition consists of the ‘Mud Book’ and a separate note by John Russell, providing a witty insight into the story of its creation. The edition, a concertina format, was exhibited at CCNOA in 1999 for the first time as anticipated by the artists: Unfolded and installed on the wall, measuring 12.7 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm (5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches) folded, and 12.7 x 482.6 cm (5 x 190 inches) unfolded.
The edition is an outstanding example of silkscreen printing. Its extraordinary quality was accomplished by employing up to sixty-nine (69) screens for a single page, achieving a startling luminosity of color and distinctness of line and form.
The original text and drawings for the ‘Mud Book’ were conceived during one of Cage’s and Long’s frequent dinners in the early seventies. Thanks to the mastery of Simca Print Artists, Inc., Japan, the edition was printed and published in 1983, and is today represented in major museum, library and private collections around the globe.
The ‘Mud Book’ is an exquisite, delightful work of art, but moreover an inspiring commemoration of a marvelous friendship.
John Cage / Lois Long Mud Book 1983 Silkscreen concertina Note by John Russell 12.7 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm (5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches) folded, 12.7 x 482.6 cm (5 x 190 inches) unfolded Hand-printed, hand-cut and hand-bound by Simca Print Artists, Inc., Japan Numbered and signed by the artists Edition of 500, with 54 A.P., 32 H.C., 3 P.P. and one R.T.P. ¤ 500.
John Cage / Lois Long Mushroom Book 1972 Lithographs by John Cage and Lois Long Text by Alexander H. Smith 12 stone and 59 aluminum plates on white Arches 56.4 x 76.2 cm (22 1/2x 30 inches) Hand- printed, numbered and signed by the artists Published by Hollander Workshop, Inc. New York 1972 Edition of 75, 10 artist’s proofs, and 5 printer’s proofs ¤ 6000.