NYC Gallery sightings: Yoko Ono touches me.

The Beatle’s career had a lot of creative detours. There were small parts in films. There were avant-garde sound pieces by several members of the group. They wrote pieces of music of other musicians and personalities. Heck, they was even visual pieces produced by each artist in the group. No one captured the imaginations of the group the way that Yoko inspired and John Lennon.

Love Yoko or not, you have to admit that her art at least inspired the founder of The Beatles, and got his creative juices flowing as an artist. Often she inspired him to pursue some more off the wall concepts, and performance art pieces, but it was at least thought provoking. Yoko brought the art world, the avant-garde art work to the forefront of the rock and roll world.

It really does generate ideas and conversations. It is truly thought provoking if it may not everyone’s cup of tea. It looks like Yoko is still producing art for the masses.

Here’s what we’ve read.

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At Yoko Ono’s opening reception for her exhibit Touch Me at Galerie Lelong, the place was packed and Ono was in attendance. But there were too many people there for me to get a grasp what was actually going on.

With Yoko, it’s always a matter of digging deeper. On the surface, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be that much there. This is intentional. This concept has been the foundation of her entire, 40-some-year career. Still, this can be frustrating at times; so much so that at first I was tempted to get negative. I wanted to be fair, however, so I went back for a second look without the hordes in attendance. I’m glad that I did and urge you to take a little time and examine the entire exhibition.

Yoko is of course, a pioneer. She was one of the founders of Fluxus, a Dada influenced movement which encouraged a DIY philosophy. It was subversive in mocking the over-intellectualized world of abstract expressionism of the 1950s. Fluxus provides the base for her to use elements of humor, the macabre and shock value combined with the heaviness of mental anguish. Rarely do I see an artist who is so perfect for a medium.

On exhibit is a showing of her famous mid-’60s work “Cut Piece.” This is the performance piece where she sat on a stage while the audience would come up and each cut a piece of her clothing, until she was naked. On display are both footage of an historic 1965 Carnegie Hall performance was followed by a 2003 reprise at the Theatre le Ranelagh in Paris. This is shown on four screens and played back at slightly different times. I have to say that, in the current version, she is in tremendous physical condition. She appears to be defying age. What was originally conceived as an act of vulnerability, now exudes strength and survival.

Source: NY Press
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3 Responses

  1. It’s true that Yoko has aged very well. I don’t know the woman but would have to say that it could be due to her complete dedication to her art, despite the shock of losing John the way that she did. She could have curled up in the fetal position and disappeared from public view and no one would have wondered. But, instead, she has forged ahead, continued to be creative in her own work and in keeping John’s work in the public eye. She is an asset to his legacy and I admire her for that.

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