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Yoko Ono (b. 1933)


Julien's Auctions

June 17, 2006
West Hollywood, CA, US

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Two original print black and white photographs of Yoko Ono and pioneer video artist Nam June Paik together on-stage during Ono's avant-garde performance titled "Cut Piece" at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall in March, 1965, having photographers stamp and pencil notation on versos. During the early 1960s, Ono hosted several concerts celebrating her works. "Cut Piece" was an interactive performance during which Ono sat motionless on-stage with scissors in outstretched hands, and invited audience members to come onstage and cut pieces of her clothing off her body. The piece raised critical attention and in some reports, was considered shocking. Previous to meeting Lennon at London's conceptual Indica art gallery in November of 1966, Ono was gaining recognition as a performance artist in the New York post-Dada/Fluxus movement and earned a respectable fan base in England. Also present are a group of mimeographed Ono press clippings from her performances at the Carnegie Recital hall. Ono remains a seminal figure in 1960s performance art. Elements of her music contain trademark components which inspired new wave and no wave trends several years later. PROVENANCE: From the collection of Howard Smith. 8 1/2 by 11 inches each.

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