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Felissimo brochure for Music (Tribute 21), 1994

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  • Felissimo brochure for <em>Music (Tribute 21)</em>, 1994

    Felissimo brochure for Music (Tribute 21), 1994. SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Music (Tribute 21)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Music (Tribute 21), Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1994; offset lithograph, 41 in. x 27 in. (104.14 cm x 68.58 cm); Gift of Felissimo; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Felissimo

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.