Sounds of the inner eye : John Cage, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves

by Wulf Herzogenrath (Editor)

Other authorsAndreas Kreul (Editor)
Paperback, 2002




Tacoma, Wash. : Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, 2002.


This text explores the artistic and biographical connection among three of the Pacific Northwest's most significant artists. Mark Tobey, often aligned with the abstract expressionists, was a pioneer in integrating elements of Asian art into mystical, calligraphic paintings. Morris Graves, known as something of an art world maverick, combined Eastern religious beliefs and a deep appreciation of the natural world in his work, focusing initially on the Northwest's birds and vegetation. John Cage, an avant-garde composer, philosopher, writer and printmaker, began his visual creations with graphic representations of musical scores, and then evolved to include printmaking, drawing and watercolor. The book explores the lives and careers of these three men who were instrumental in leading a community of artists, patrons and scholars into a deeper understanding of the potential and power of art and, in turn, had a large impact on much of what followed in modern art in America. Known as the Northwest Mystics, they were influenced by Eastern philosophies and the natural beauty of the Pacific Rim.… (more)


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