SMS # 4: John Cage, Diary: How to Improve the World, 1968 by John Cage. Booklet with coloured ink on mylar cover. 2000-piece edition. Collection of the artist's autobiographical impressions. The SMS Portfolios were a collaboration between William Copley & Dmitri Petrov which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press, working with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The aim was to produce a new form of art journal that would bypass traditional institutions to distribute the artist's work directly to its audience instead.
John Cage (1912-1992)
John Cage was an American composer, philosopher, writer and printmaker. According equal status to both structured sound and noise, he treated silence as an element in its own right. Cage produced his 4'33" (shortly after Robert Rauschenberg's ‘white canvases'), in which the performer(s) make no sounds but only delineate the work's three movements. Celebrated as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, he was also influential in the development of modern dance, through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham.