New River Watercolor Series II, 1988

Painting, 91 x 38 cm

“Originally we had in mind what you might call an imaginary beauty, a process of basic emptiness with just a few things arising in it… And then when we actually set to work, a kind of avalanche came about which corresponded not at all with that beauty which had seemed to appear to us as an objective. Where do we go then?… Well what we do is go straight on; that way lies, no doubt, a revelation. I had no idea this was going to happen. I did have an idea something else would happen. Ideas are one thing and what happens another.”

John Cage: «Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?», Silence. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1961, pp. 220-222.

Technical details

Original title:
New River Watercolor Series II
Registration number:
Cage, John
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Watercolour on paper
91 x 38 cm (height x width)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Private long-term loan, Barcelona
© The John Cage Trust
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