Sale 21BP02 | Lot 223

CUNNINGHAM, MERCE

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Lot 223
CUNNINGHAM, MERCE
Graphic dance score for How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run, pre-November 24, 1965, sheets I-IA II-IIA III-IIA. 8 1/2 x 11 inches, six sheets (numbered as above), each sheet with approximately 20 charts numbered in Roman of entrances and exits, with notations as to the gender of the dancers, points of entrance and exit, and the path of their movement etc.; each sheet tipped to a mount, with the mat signed in pencil by Cunningham. About fine; Together with a handbill for "Merce Cunningham and Dance Company", designed by Jasper Johns and inscribed by Cunningham to "Bob and Laura [Bostwick]/with my love/ Merce Cunningham". 14 x 8 inches (35 x 21 cm). Framed.

Cunningham eschewed traditional dance notation for an elaborate method of charts that served as his dance scores. In this case these represent the complex movements of the dancers across the stage, depicting their path and points of entry and exit etc. The result is graphically compelling, a striking series of modernist designs. Cunningham was noted for his collaborations with John Cage (his life partner), Jasper Johns etc. The accompaniment to this piece was by Cage, and included stories from Silence, A Year from Monday and Elsewhere, with a different selection for each performance, with readings by Cage.
With Margaret Roeder Fine Art, New York.


C From the Estate of Laura Bostwick

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

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