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The Cage Dialogues A Memoir

The Cage Dialogues A Memoir

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"Conceptual artist William Anastasi recounts the life and work of artist John Cage, his longtime friend and collaborator. The memoir is written chronologically, beginning with their first encounter and concluding with Cage's death. The narrative derives its structure from the game of chess, which was a metaphor for their friendship. For decades, Cage and Anastasi play virtually every day, and the psychological dynamic between them eventually becomes more important than their relative chess strengths. Whether or not Cage or Anastasi wins, being together is unquestionably what is important."

In 2014, the World Chess Hall of Fame hosted "Cage and Kaino: Pieces and Performances," which explored how Marcel Duchamp's fixation on chess in his art influenced both Glenn Kaino and John Cage to bring chess to the forefront of their respective mediums.