“Get a telephone that only echoes back your voice. Call every day and complain and moan about your life and people around you.”
An assignment from “Acorn,” Yoko Ono’s new book of haiku-like instructions. Claire Barliant writes about the book and Ono’s evolution: http://nyr.kr/157X6du
Photograph by Patrick McMullan/Sipa USA (via AP Images).
On December 8, 1980, legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the couple’s New York City apartment for Rolling Stone magazine. Though Leibovitz had intended to shoot Lennon alone, he insisted Yoko be in the photograph. At the end of the shoot, Lennon said the photograph of him nude curled around his wife “captured our relationship exactly.” Five hours later, he was shot outside of the Dakota Building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Rolling Stone’s used Leibovitz’s photograph as the cover of the January 22, 1981 Lennon tribute issue and in 2005 was names the top cover of the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
The iconic photograph can be found in the master-collection Rolling Stone Cover to Cover: The First 40 Years.
“The first is to make something ornate and unreachably special with skills. The viewer or listener is awed, their belief regarding the order of things is confirmed and they are reminded by this unachievable beauty of their own powerlessness. And I do love that kind of art, the beautiful kind.
The other way to make art is to tear down what’s between us and nature, us and eternity, us and the realization that everything is already perfect. In this experience of art, the viewer or listener loses respect for the current order or arrangement of civilization and thus becomes powerful, like King Kong, and outside civilization, like God — or simply like the shuffling janitor who is pleased with his own work and sleeps well.”
Yoko Ono exhibiton TO THE LIGHT is showing at the Serpentine Gallery, London
19 June - 9 September 2012
Yoko Ono. Cloud Piece. Grapefruit.
In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world.Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.
It was good that we filmed it, though.The film is powerful now. What we said then could have been said now.
In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.
Let’s remember WAR IS OVER if we want it.
It’s up to us, and nobody else. John would have wanted to say that.
Yoko Ono Lennon
Yoko Ono, Japanese-born avant-garde artist and musician: b. Feb. 18, 1933.
Ono’s marriage to John Lennon and their many activist and aesthetic collaborations made her world famous, but not necessarily well-liked. Ono is, however, a bona fide artist and humanist and deserves every bit of recognition she gets, and more…