I read in BoingBoing that the visual/conceptual artist Nam June Paik died on Sunday. The main reason I am familiar with his name is because I read about his work “Homage to John Cage” in my 20th Century Music class. This work consisted of the artist reaching into the audience and cutting John Cage’s tie off. Well, this site describes the work in more detail than that, but ends with:
Paik repeated the action a number of times in Mary Baumeister’s Cologne studio in June, 1960. In October of the same year, the studio also hosted a joint concert by Cage and Paik, who in the course of his ‘Etude for Piano’ cut off Cage’s tie then washed his co-performer’s hair with shampoo.
Yeah, he was that kind of guy.