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    Rock And Pop Memorabilia

    30 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 282

    John Lennon And Yoko Ono

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    John Lennon And Yoko Ono
    A collection of 60 35mm black and white negatives taken by Robert Boyd on the occasion of the opening of John and Yoko's exhibition This Is Not Here at Syracuse University, NY, October 9th, 1971, accompanied by 3 corresponding contact sheets each signed by the photographer on reverse, each 8 x10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.); and 4 enlarged photos (printed recently) each 4 x 6 in. (10 x 15.2 cm.); subjects include: - 19 shots of John and Yoko introducing the exhibition in front of a mic. - 23 shots of John and Yoko together and separately sitting at a table signing catalogues, talking to each other and onlookers; - 16 shots of crowds arriving and viewing the exhibits; a full-length photograph of Yoko Ono taken by Boyd on this occasion, signed and inscribed by photographer on verso -- 9 1/2 x5 1/2 in. (24.2 x 14 cm.); and a copy of the exhibition catalogue in the form of a broadsheet newspaper This Is Not Here By Yoko Ono - John Lennon - Guest Artist - At Everson Museum Of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. October 9-27 1971 -- 17 x 11 in. (43.2 x 28 cm.)
    These negatives are offered for sale without copyright. The Buyer must apply to the relevant parties to obtain such clearance and consents as may be necessary.

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    This Is Not Here exhibition opened on Lennon's birthday, October 9th, 1971 and was said to be a birthday present for John from Yoko although it apparently took $70,000 of John's money to finance it. The show has been described as: ..a parody of itself, a comment on art as much as it was an exhibition of art....Yoko introduced the show "In this show, I'd like to prove you don't need talent to be an artist. Artist is just a frame of mind. Anybody can be an artist. Anybody can communicate if they are desperate enough. There is no such thing as imagination of the artist. Imagination, if you are desperate encough, can come out of necessity. - This show is the work of a very untalented artist who is desperate for communication"... The show must have appeared to have been revolutionary for its time, it certainly divided critics into those who regarded it as a visionary triumph of conceptual art and others who saw it as an exposé of Yoko's lack of talent. Exhibits included "Portrait of John As A Young Cloud" which constitued a bed where the viewer could lie looking up through a skylight. There were exhibits of Yoko's earlier works and black canvasses where visitors could paint. One room called "6th Dimension" required visitors to put on a gas mask and black-out goggles. To eat something which was offered and then to crawl through an obstacle course. Various contributors included John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Isamu Nogushi, Peggy Guggenheim, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Apparently crowds of 8000 gathered at the opening more to see John Lennon than Yoko's art. According to the author of Pop Culture Today Yoko's philosophy of 'Everyman as artist' came back to haunt her as the kids ransacked the place, defacing and looting the exhibit... Lennon was apparently maddened by the expense of the destruction but Yoko philosophised that if things got broken ..that was the way it was meant to be..."