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John Cage, The Missing Stone, 1989

A mistake was made during the making of The Missing Stone; it was supposed to include tracings of fifteen stones, but only fourteen appear. Cage was amused and accepted the unintentional result, alluding to the stone’s omission in the title.

Banner image: Detail, John Cage, The Missing Stone, 1989, color spitbite aquatint and sugarlift aquatint on smoked paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Kathan Brown, 1996, © John Cage Trust

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