Felissimo brochure for Music (Tribute 21), 1994
Recognized for developing a revolutionary approach to music composition that relied on chance and indeterminacy, Rauschenberg’s close friend John Cage was selected as the honoree for Music (Tribute 21). Cage’s celebrated silent piece 4ʹ33" (1953) is intimately related to Rauschenberg’s White Paintings of the same year. Cage’s iconoclastic attitude comes through in the quip selected as his quote: “Two people making the same kind of music is one music too many.”
For a full list of the Tribute 21 portfolio honorees, see Felissimo’s informational brochure.