Most famous for her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono has a considerable—if unusual—oeuvre of her own. In 1964, she performed Cut Piece, in which she appeared on stage draped with fabric that she invited audiences to snip away, leaving her nude. Later, she made experimental films centered on human buttocks, and installed Wish Tree in the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art.
Maintaining an empty multimillion-dollar apartment in a Manhattan co-op building would seem a not-unlikely avant garde maneuver for Ms. Ono, and for years she did just that. Ms. Ono’s son Sean occupied the penthouse at 49 Downing Street, which Ms. Ono purchased in 1995, only briefly, but an October lawsuit against the co-op board suggested that the unit’s vacancy was not a performance art piece. (Ms. Ono claimed that the board arbitrarily blocked potential buyers because they preferred the penthouse empty, rather than occupied by a family with children.)
Attack of the Clones
“Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance,” is a thing that was actually said by a Canadian dentist who plans to clone John Lennon using DNA extracted from the late Beatle’s rotting tooth. #Science.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Well, well, well. Look who’s leaving the Dakota for Soho.
Yoko Ono has leased 10,000 square feet along the cobblestone streets where she will exhibit her late husband’s artwork for four days this weekend. 76 Wooster Street, a four-story brick building between Spring and Broome, will house Gimme Some Truth, a “visual tribute for John Lennon’s 71st birthday,” on view October 7-10.
In the leaves
When Chistopher Hitchens pontificates on the subject of beverage, it’s a safe bet to assume it’s concerning alcohol. Up until his diagnosis with cancer and subsequent chemo, Hitch would consume no less than a bottle of wine and few gulps of whiskey per day, he wrote in Hitch-22. And tales of larger excess Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
Tomorrow marks the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s death, and kicking off an undoubtedly suffocating media blitz, The Times has a nifty real estate story on what it was like living in John Lennon’s Dakota.
The article is full of reminiscence from the likes of Paul Goldberger (nobody liked Yoko), Roberta Flack (the Read More
For the sixth time since he became eligible in 2000, Mark David Chapman will be up for parole next month. It’s been almost 30 years since Mr. Chapman shot John Lennon outside his Upper West Side residence in December 1980.
Yoko Ono has voiced her opposition again in a letter to the the parole board, Read More
Last week, Sean Lennon tweeted a photo of Lady Gaga playing Yoko Ono’s white piano, a gift from John, at Ms. Ono’s residence in the Dakota. The Twitpic — Gaga in a black leotard and thigh-high fishnets, seemingly mid-belt — prompted a firestorm of angry Beatles fans to lambaste Mr. Lennon for letting her do Read More
A princess begins work at Christie’s, ancient apostle paintings discovered in Rome, and work by Stephen Vitiello and Yoko Ono take root in New York. It can’t be a slow summer when there is this much action in the art world.
1. Princess Eugenie of York Interns at Christie’s
Princess Eugenie, the 20-year-old daughter of Read More
John Lennon’s former townhouse at 1 White Place–which he and Yoko Ono tried to declare the Nutopian Embassy so he wouldn’t get deported–is up for sale, reports Curbed.
On April Fool’s Day 1973, Mr. Lennon and Ms. Ono held a press conference to announce the new country, and declared its flag to be Read More
“I have to tell you,” Yoko Ono said to her audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, a few days before her 77th birthday, “you have a long life ahead of you, and it’s going to be beautiful.” Her Brooklyn Academy of Music show–half concert, half tribute–was filled with all Read More