"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp


03/03/2012

Painted silence

     Robert Ryman

"... in the work of Robert Rauschenberg, who in the 1950s produced several 
all-white and all-black paintings. The white paintings helped inspire Cage 
to write 4'33", so we can see some interesting crossover occuring 
between the  arts at this point. Cage was to write admiringly of the paintings, 
that they constituted 'airports for the lights, shadows, and particles. 
Robert Ryman is another artist who has exhibited all-white paintings, 
and Ad Reinhardt all-black. In each case the critical response has been 
to raise the issue of silence, of what the artist is choosing not to do, 
although that silence has been interpreted in a variety of ways... ..."

in "Manifesto for Silence"  by  Stuart Sim - Edinburg University Press Ltd - 2007

  Igor Malevich

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