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Literary Nonfiction. Art. JOHN CAGE VISUAL ART is an exquisite book which includes 116 color images. It is presented in three parts. The first is a text wrtten from Kathan Brown's own experience. In it, she often uses Cage's words to describe particular works, and she reflects upon how the art can be used in the world. The second part is a detailed section that illustrates scores that Cage created for his printers, and explains his use of what he called chance operations in making his work. The third section is pictorial, including reproductions of Cage's prints, watercolors and drawings. John Cage told Brown that the purpose of art is to sober and quiet the mind, so that it is in accord with what happens.
Kathan Brown founded Crown Point Press as an etching workshop in 1962. Located in San Francisco, it has grown to be one of the world's most influential art print publishers. Crown Point Press received the Cyril Award for Arts Business Excellence from the Chamber of Commerce of the City of San Francisco in 1997. The press has been the subject of exhibitions at the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.Artforum's Bookforum has called Kathan Brown's writing "the next best thing to being there." She is the author of eight books, including Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood (Chronicle Books, 1996) and the editor of the popular MAGIC SECRETS instructional series for printmakers, published by Crown Point Press. She has contributed articles to A John Cage Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 1983), the Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002), and The Guardian newspaper (UK, 2002).She has lectured widely and holds honorary doctorates from the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. In 2011, she received a 30th Anniversary Honors Award from Art Table, New York City. The Honors Awards recognized thirty women "whose work has transformed the visual arts landscape" in the United States.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA