Yoko Ono In Spain – ¹ Variations on a Japanese Garden

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Prints of three of John Lennon’s rare archival sketches from the Bag One Arts program I’m One of Your Biggest Fans, The City in My Heart and Happy Xmas will be released through exclusive exhibitions in key cities across the United State beginning this December, including Los Angeles, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev. The announcement was made today by Yoko Ono and Epic Rights’ CEO Dell Furano.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141208/163022

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141208/163044

John Lennon’s artwork celebrates human love and communication two themes at the heart of his contribution to the art of the twentieth century. His iconic Self-Portrait image has become the cornerstone of the collection. Offered through the Bag One Arts program, these posthumous, limited edition prints are adapted from Lennon’s original drawings. The art has been selected from rare archival sketches and is representative of his whimsical and thought provoking imagery. Each print is reproduced utilizing the sophisticated and detailed standards typical for archival fine art printing processes, guided, approved and hand-signed by Yoko Ono.

The City In My Heart (Eiffel Tower) depicts a romantic memory of John and Yoko’s honeymoon in Paris. I’m One of Your Biggest Fans reflects his penchant for witty commentary when greeted by fans. The Happy Xmas tree celebrates peace and the powerful message of Happy Xmas (War Is Over).The Bag One Artsexhibition opens in Los Angeles at Legacy Fine Art (101 N Robertson Blvd.) on December 12 th 14 th and in Las Vegas on December 5 th at AFA Gallery at The Fashion Show Mall.

“Introducing the Bag One Arts program through this unique exhibition continues to honor John’s legacy,” said Ono. “The teams at Bag One Arts and Epic Rights have exceeded my expectations both in terms of the quality of the prints and their passion in organizing the exhibitions. On a personal note, I’m especially proud to share John’s The City in My Heart print, created during our honeymoon.”

“We’re all very excited to bring Lennon’s distinct and imaginative artwork to the general public, sharing his artistic vision and underscoring his powerful message of love, peace and humanity,” said Epic Rights’ Furano. “My personal favorite, Happy Xmas, is particularly poignant at this time of year.”

In his art, John Lennon, the legendary musician, songwriter, poet, philosopher and artist, delivered a consistent message peace and love. Art was actually his first love, as he began drawing long before he owned a guitar. He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960). He continued to draw throughout his life. Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink. His drawings became illustrations for three bestselling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987).

In addition, a complete suite of the Bag One portfolio of lithographs resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Manila. For more information about Lennon’s Bag One Arts exhibitions, visit http://johnlennonartwork.com

About John Lennon and Bag One Arts:
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, as a teenager John Lennon became involved in music, forming his first band, the Quarrymen, which by 1960 had evolved into The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song. From 1957-60 he studied at the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute. Later he would not only pen but also illustrate three books:In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The WorksandSkywriting By Wordof Mouth. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, he began working on a series of drawings calledBag Onea chronicle oftheirwedding ceremony, honeymoon and plea for world peace The Bed-In. In the years that followed the break-up of The Beatles, Lennon expressed himself once again through drawing, this time reflecting his love for his family. Since 1989Bag One Artshas published a series of limited edition prints of his work, which have traveled throughout the world. TheBag OnePortfolio is inthe permanentcollection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Please check MOMA’s schedule for opportunities to view the collection.

About Epic Rights Art/Limelight Agency
Epic Rights, in partnership with Bag One Arts and Daniel Crosby’s Limelight Agency, is handling marketing and distribution of the John Lennon Bag One Art program to galleries worldwide.

Yoko Ono Releases Three New Limited Edition Prints from John Lennon’s Bag One Arts Program

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Prints of three of John Lennon’s rare archival sketches from the Bag One Arts program I’m One of Your Biggest Fans, The City in My Heart and Happy Xmas will be released through exclusive exhibitions in key cities across the United State beginning this December, including Los Angeles, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev. The announcement was made today by Yoko Ono and Epic Rights’ CEO Dell Furano.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141208/163022

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141208/163044

John Lennon’s artwork celebrates human love and communication two themes at the heart of his contribution to the art of the twentieth century. His iconic Self-Portrait image has become the cornerstone of the collection. Offered through the Bag One Arts program, these posthumous, limited edition prints are adapted from Lennon’s original drawings. The art has been selected from rare archival sketches and is representative of his whimsical and thought provoking imagery. Each print is reproduced utilizing the sophisticated and detailed standards typical for archival fine art printing processes, guided, approved and hand-signed by Yoko Ono.

The City In My Heart (Eiffel Tower) depicts a romantic memory of John and Yoko’s honeymoon in Paris. I’m One of Your Biggest Fans reflects his penchant for witty commentary when greeted by fans. The Happy Xmas tree celebrates peace and the powerful message of Happy Xmas (War Is Over).The Bag One Artsexhibition opens in Los Angeles at Legacy Fine Art (101 N Robertson Blvd.) on December 12 th 14 th and in Las Vegas on December 5 th at AFA Gallery at The Fashion Show Mall.

“Introducing the Bag One Arts program through this unique exhibition continues to honor John’s legacy,” said Ono. “The teams at Bag One Arts and Epic Rights have exceeded my expectations both in terms of the quality of the prints and their passion in organizing the exhibitions. On a personal note, I’m especially proud to share John’s The City in My Heart print, created during our honeymoon.”

“We’re all very excited to bring Lennon’s distinct and imaginative artwork to the general public, sharing his artistic vision and underscoring his powerful message of love, peace and humanity,” said Epic Rights’ Furano. “My personal favorite, Happy Xmas, is particularly poignant at this time of year.”

In his art, John Lennon, the legendary musician, songwriter, poet, philosopher and artist, delivered a consistent message peace and love. Art was actually his first love, as he began drawing long before he owned a guitar. He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960). He continued to draw throughout his life. Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink. His drawings became illustrations for three bestselling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987).

In addition, a complete suite of the Bag One portfolio of lithographs resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Manila. For more information about Lennon’s Bag One Arts exhibitions, visit http://johnlennonartwork.com

About John Lennon and Bag One Arts:
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, as a teenager John Lennon became involved in music, forming his first band, the Quarrymen, which by 1960 had evolved into The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song. From 1957-60 he studied at the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute. Later he would not only pen but also illustrate three books:In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The WorksandSkywriting By Wordof Mouth. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, he began working on a series of drawings calledBag Onea chronicle oftheirwedding ceremony, honeymoon and plea for world peace The Bed-In. In the years that followed the break-up of The Beatles, Lennon expressed himself once again through drawing, this time reflecting his love for his family. Since 1989Bag One Artshas published a series of limited edition prints of his work, which have traveled throughout the world. TheBag OnePortfolio is inthe permanentcollection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Please check MOMA’s schedule for opportunities to view the collection.

About Epic Rights Art/Limelight Agency
Epic Rights, in partnership with Bag One Arts and Daniel Crosby’s Limelight Agency, is handling marketing and distribution of the John Lennon Bag One Art program to galleries worldwide.

EVERSON BOX VERSION OF GRAPEFRUIT. – A Masterpiece

Creative Deconstruction of Books

A Review of Odd Volumes: Book Art From the Allan Chasanoff Collection, in New Haven

Mr. Roach, who was born in 1969, is part of a revival of Fluxus, the 60s movement that relied on absurdity, chance and playful gestures ­ sometimes inspired by Buddhist concepts ­ to question everything from traditional art making to global politics. An artist involved in the original movement, Yoko Ono, is represented here by what might be her masterpiece: Grapefruit (1964). Counter to most Western notions of art, it is a small, flimsy paperback book that contains event scores for actions and performances. Taking the idea of the musical score and replacing the art object with events conceived for audience participation, Grapefruit is also an early example of conceptual art.

More at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/nyregion/a-review-of-odd-volumes-book-art-from-the-allan-chasanoff-collection-in-new-haven.html

CUT PIECE At Jewish Museum / Beauty Is Power Featuring Cellist Maya Beiser

Release Date: December 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum and
Bang on a Can Present
Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power
Featuring Cellist Maya Beiser

January 29 Concert Tied to Exhibition Celebrating Legendary Cosmetics Entrepreneur, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power

New York, NY Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power, a concert featuring cello goddess (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museums exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector Helena Rubinstein, the performance will highlight powerful women composers. This program is the third concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Cans partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum from June 2014 to May 2015, inspired by the Jewish Museums diverse slate of exhibitions.

Maya Beisers concert features beautiful music by powerful women. From Hildegard von Bingen to Janis Joplin and Imogen Heap, Anna Clyne to Yoko Ono, this program explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Anna Clynes Rest These Hands and a version of Yoko Onos seminal performance Cut Piece presented in collaboration with the innovative design trio threeASFOUR, whose 2014 Jewish Museum exhibition MER KA BA was hailed as "one of a kind" by Vogue.

Of her Beauty Is Power program, Maya says, Inspired by the fascinating self-made beauty industry powerhouse Helena Rubinstein, I asked myself: Is beauty powerful? Is power beautiful? Can we, women, be both beautiful and powerful? Can we find our inner sway when we feel beautiful? In my art, I think a lot about beauty. For me, performing music is the act of peeling through layers of beauty, revealing its many faces. Today, women have seized the commerce of beauty; most fashion magazines are spearheaded by powerful women. But throughout the millennia, the art of music the ultimate form of beauty has been monopolized by men.

The January 29 performance includes O Virtus Sapientiae by Hildegard von Bingen, Summertime by Janis Joplin, the U.S. premiere of Rest These Hands by Anna Clyne, Byzantine Chant arranged by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Mayas own arrangement of Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap, and an homage performance of Yoko Onos Cut Piece, with music from Far-Off Country by Eve Beglarian.

About Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power is the first museum exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965). By the time of her death, Rubinstein had risen from humble origins in small-town Jewish Poland to become a global icon of female entrepreneurship and a leader in art, fashion, design, and philanthropy. As the head of a cosmetics empire that extended across four continents, she was, arguably, the first modern self-made woman magnate. Rubinstein was ahead of her time in her embrace of cultural and artistic diversity. She was not only an early patron of European and Latin American modern art, but also one of the earliest, leading collectors of African and Oceanic sculpture. The exhibition explores how Madame (as she was universally known) helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Through 200 objects works of art, photographs, and ephemera Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power reveals how Rubinsteins unique style and pioneering approaches to business challenged conservative taste and heralded a modern notion of beauty, democratized and accessible to all.

The Thing and the Thing-In-Itself – SKY PIECE

The Thing and the Thing-In-Itself Curated by Robert Hobbs
December 13, 2014 January 24, 2015
Main Gallery

Andrea Rosen Gallery is delighted to announce The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself, an exhibition comprising a tightly focused group of 20th-century masterworks curated by noted art historian Robert Hobbs. Bringing together a compelling group of significant works, one by each of seven key 20th-century artists Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth, René Magritte, Piero Manzoni, Yoko Ono, Ad Reinhardt, and Robert Smithson this exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to look at familiar artists in a new way and with much greater depth, both in relationship to each other and in regards to their individual practices. It opens December 12, 2014 at the Gallerys main space, 525 West 24th Street.

Curator Statement

The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself focuses on the limits of human understanding that Immanuel Kant contemplated in The Critique of Pure Reason (1st ed. 1781). This philosopher speculated that humans only know things in the world through space and time, as well as the causes they attribute to these objects and events. Instead of accurately replicating the world, peoples understanding of it is dependent on their restricted ability to grasp it. In other words, they construct the world they experience, making sensory information idiosyncratic and/or socially oriented rather than accurate, and peoples perception of their world an ongoing film or performance. It helps to consider Kants term thing-in-itself as shorthand for the strict limits to the ongoing theater of everyday life humans produce, direct, and cast, so that they themselves can then serve as its main players.

This exhibition utilizes Kants approach to reconsider how certain twentieth-century artists engaged the frontiers of human understanding in works that pit peoples sight and insight against the limits of what they are able to comprehend, i.e. the things they believe themselves to be seeing as opposed to things-in-themselves (Kants code word for humans inability to move beyond their own constructed views). Instead of presenting an art endeavoring to reveal its contents to viewers with the least amount of interference, The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself features works that act out the limits of human understanding as they create mysteries, pose conundrums, and leave viewers with provocative questions.

Starting in the second decade of the 20th-century with Duchamps Readymades, arts status as an object became a subject of inquiry, with questions about differences between ordinary things and art. The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself consequently begins with Duchamps assisted readymade, Comb (Peigne), a steel grooming tool for dogs, inscribed with the words 3 ou 4 gouttes de hauteur nont rien a faire avec la sauvagerie; M.D. Feb. 17 1916 11 a.m. (Three or Four Drops of Height [or Haughtiness] Have Nothing to Do with Savagery.). The exhibition then surveys the following six notable steps in the history of the art/thing challenge. René Magrittes La Clairvoyance of 1936 depicts a self-portrait of the artist in the process of metamorphosing his model, an egg, into a bird in flight on his canvas, thereby setting in place a tongue-in-cheek differential between representational painting and life. The early majestic black Reinhardt canvas from 1954 challenges the limits of sensory perception, with its grid poised on the divide between visibility and invisibility. Manzonis Declaration of Authenticity No. 50 (Carte dauthenticité No. 50) (1961), a small certificate signed by the artist, transforms the living body of a collector and patron into an authentic work of art for all intents and purposes, thereby endowing the artist himself with god-like powers. Kosuths Glass Words Material Described (1965) consists of exactly these four words painted on four transparent sheets of glass to undermine arts putative transparency and accessibility. Onos 1966 live video feed of the sky above the gallery contrasts literalism with traditional expectations of transcendence. And Smithsons Non-site: Line of Wreckage (Bayonne, New Jersey) of 1968 undermines the art objects sovereignty as it creates an interplay between the metal bin containing landfill with a map and photographs of the site in Bayonne, making this work a dislocated boundary marker.

- Robert Hobbs

Art historian Dr. Robert Hobbs has written widely on modern and contemporary art, including extended essays on David Altmejd, Keith Haring, Richard Jackson, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Longo, Sterling Ruby, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Tavares Strachan, Kara Walker, Kelley Walker, John Wesley, and Kehinde Wiley, among others. His monographs have focused on such artists as Milton Avery, Alice Aycock, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Mark Lombardi, Robert Motherwell, Beverly Pepper, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Robert Smithson.

Hobbs served as curator for the Venice Biennales American National Pavilion (Smithson, 1981) and the Bahamian National Pavilion (Tavares Strachan, 2013), as well as the American Representation at the São Paulo Biennial (Kara Walker, 2002). He has curated exhibitions at major museums nationally and internationally such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Drawing Center, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Academic positions include Associate Professor, Cornell University; long-time Visiting Professor, Yale University; and Thalhimer Endowed Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Marcel Duchamp, born in 1887 in Blainville-Crevon, France, lived and worked in Paris and New York until his death in 1968. His work is included in numerous prestigious institutional collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, Houston, the Tate, London, the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and has been recognized by recent solo exhibitions at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires.

Joseph Kosuth, born in 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, lives and works in New York and Rome. His work appears in numerous institutional collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate, London, has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1993). His work has been featured in recent exhibitions at prestigious institutions including the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and the Fondazione Prada, Ca Corner Della Regina, Venice.

René Magritte, born in 1898 in Lessines, Belgium, and lived and worked in Brussels until his death in 1967. His work is appears in prestigious institutional collections throughout Europe and the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, and the Tate, London, and was recently recognized by comprehensive solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Art Institute of Chicago, beginning in 2013.

Piero Manzoni, born in 1933 in Soncino, Italy, lived and worked primarily in Milan until his death in 1963. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout Europe, including retrospectives at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, and appears in established institutional collections including the Tate Modern, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin.

Yoko Ono, born in 1933 in Tokyo, Japan, lives and works in New York City. Ono has had comprehensive retrospectives at prestigious institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, including her most recent and largest retrospective in 2013 at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, which traveled to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, Austrias Kunsthalle Krems, and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Spain.

Ad Reinhardt, born in 1913 in Buffalo, New York, lived and worked for the majority of his life in New York City until his death in 1967. His work has been most recently featured in a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop, Germany, and is part of prestigious permanent institutional collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Robert Smithson was born in 1938, in Passaic, New Jersey, studied in New York City and worked throughout the United States and abroad until his death in 1973, in Amarillo, Texas. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at major institutions, including comprehensive retrospectives at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

Sleepless The bed in history and contemporary art

Sleepless
The bed in history and contemporary art
21er Haus
30 January to 7 June 2015

30. 1. 7. 6. 2015
Schlaflos. Das Bett in Geschichte und Gegenwartskunst
Vor mehr als 40 Jahren gingen Yoko Ono und John Lennon zusammen ins Bett, um gegen den Krieg zu protestieren. Das damals berühmtest
e Künstlerpaar der Welt machte seine Flitterwochen öffentlich und
verkündete aus dem Bett heraus: Make love, not war! In Onos und Lennons Szene wird das Bett zum politischen Instrument der bildenden Kunst. Die Ausst
ellung Schlaflos hat das Bett als Motiv in der
Kunstgeschichte wie in der zeitgenössischen Kunst
im Fokus. Sie umfasst Gemälde, Skulpturen,
Zeichnungen, Fotografien und Videoarbeit
en, deren Bandbreite sich von Werken alter Meister bis zu
Arbeiten der Gegenwartskunst spannt, die einander
thematisch und assoziat
iv gegenübergestellt werden.
21er Haus
, 3., Arsenalstrasse 1, Info: Belvedere, Tel. 79 557
http://www.belvedere.at
Öffnungszeiten/Opening times: Mi, Do 11-21, F
r-So 11-18 Uhr/Wed, Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m

http://www.belvedere.at/en/ausstellungen/ausstellungsvorschau

UNICEF IMAGINE SINGALONG

25 years ago the world imagined a better future for children with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Celebrate with us by joining the biggest singalong ever: of John Lennon’s #IMAGINE: http://imagine.unicef.org/ #everyvoicecounts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpTzkiul8Iw

TouchCast app creates event to let users sing with John Lennon and raise money for UNICEF

More at :
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/touchcast-app-creates-event-to-let-users-sing-with-john-lennon-and-raise-money-for-unicef/

Earth Piece: Listen to the Sound of the Earth Turning at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Welcome to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014!

The Biennale opens on December 12 2014 and runs for 108 days till March 29 2015.

from:

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/kochi-muziris-biennale-in-the-eye-of-the-art-storm/article6686202.ece

Yoko Ono, once best known as wife of former Beatle John Lennon, has today made a name for herself as a performance and conceptual artist. Ono brings to the Biennale ‘Earth Piece: Listen to the Sound of the Earth Turning’, one part of her iconic ‘Instruction Pieces’ that was meant to create paintings, musical compositions and theatre in the mind of the viewer simply from a list of instructions written by the artist on a postcard. Don’t forget to pick up prints of her work while you’re there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJAOHas_aU0