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John Cage / Lois Long

John Cage (1912 - 1992, USA) / Lois Long (*1918, USA)

’Mud Book’

The edition ‘Mud Book’ (1983) is a collaboration between American composer John Cage and textile designer/artist Lois Long The edition consists of the ‘Mud Book’ and a separate note by John Russell, providing a witty insight into the story of its creation. The edition, a concertina format, was exhibited at CCNOA in 1999 for the first time as anticipated by the artists: Unfolded and installed on the wall, measuring 12.7 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm (5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches) folded, and 12.7 x 482.6 cm (5 x 190 inches) unfolded.

The edition is an outstanding example of silkscreen printing. Its extraordinary quality was accomplished by employing up to sixty-nine (69) screens for a single page, achieving a startling luminosity of color and distinctness of line and form.

The original text and drawings for the ‘Mud Book’ were conceived during one of Cage’s and Long’s frequent dinners in the early seventies. Thanks to the mastery of Simca Print Artists, Inc., Japan, the edition was printed and published in 1983, and is today represented in major museum, library and private collections around the globe.

The ‘Mud Book’ is an exquisite, delightful work of art, but moreover an inspiring commemoration of a marvelous friendship.

John Cage / Lois Long
Mud Book
Silkscreen concertina
Note by John Russell
12.7 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm (5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches) folded,
12.7 x 482.6 cm (5 x 190 inches) unfolded
Hand-printed, hand-cut and hand-bound by
Simca Print Artists, Inc., Japan
Numbered and signed by the artists
Edition of 500, with 54 A.P., 32 H.C., 3 P.P. and one R.T.P.
¤ 500.

also available:

John Cage / Lois Long
Mushroom Book
Lithographs by John Cage and Lois Long
Text by Alexander H. Smith
12 stone and 59 aluminum plates on white Arches
56.4 x 76.2 cm (22 1/2x 30 inches)
Hand- printed, numbered and signed by the artists
Published by Hollander Workshop, Inc. New York 1972
Edition of 75, 10 artist’s proofs, and 5 printer’s proofs
¤ 6000.