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A new exhibition aims to bring Yoko Ono's art out of John Lennon's shadow

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Nails hammered into a wall, how novel.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

She doesn't have an artistic bone in her body. Total rubbish. Just milking her notoriety. Legend in her own lunchbox.

4 ( +18 / -14 )

W/O John, nobody would know who Yoko is. She'd better stay in his shadow.

5 ( +18 / -13 )

W/O John, nobody would know who Yoko is

Obviously John Lennon knew more about art than most Beatles fans.

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

I have seen trained birds make better "art"!

As for music, two cars fighting are more musical, look for the video of Chuck Berry, John Lennon and Yoko playing together and check out the face of Berry as Yoko "Sings"! The pain is obvious!

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Regardless of your taste or likes - of Ono or her art - the fact remains she was active in the experimental art world well before Lennon met her.

It was her edgy, abstractness at the time that grabbed Lennon's attention.

He wooed Her.

She may well have had a negative influence on the Beatles team, but her work with Lennon was consistent with her art. To suggest otherwise is to insist Lennon was not of sound mind and was being led. Hardly.

Lennon's post-Beatles work would never had been the same or of similar impact if he was totally solo.

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I find her ‘art’ more palatable than her singing. At least it doesn’t cause pain. To each their own when it comes to art. Why do Rothko’s paintings garner so much attention and money. Beats me. But I’m not the one paying for it. Ah….the beauty of aesthetics.

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Her wailing on "Double Fantasy" was execrable. Worst album I ever bought.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

The simple, most likely truth is that if Yoko didnt meet John, this article/exhibition & many prior would simply have not taken place.

It is what it is. The FACT John comes up again & again here shows HE is KEY to her still being in the limelight, again, is what it is.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Her performance art with Beck's grandfather, awesome.

Dropping grand pianos off high buildings etc,the Flux Movement.

Her leech-like behaviour with Lennon,and awful primal screaming with Chuck Berry amongst others,not so awesome.

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Ono was holding exhibitions before she met Lennon.

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Ono was like most of the so-called artists I have met in Japan especially the women!

Rich father paying for it all and not able to live in her so-called art.

Daddy paid for living expenses, exhibitions travel etc...

Easy to be an "artist" when you don't need to actually sell anything!

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Lennon's post-Beatles work would never had been the same or of similar impact if he was totally solo.

You are correct! He might have actually made something good!

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Not to be rude, but, Yoko Ono will never be out of the shadow of John Lennon.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Overrated.

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browny1Today  09:07 am JST

Regardless of your taste or likes - of Ono or her art - the fact remains she was active in the experimental art world well before Lennon met her.

It was her edgy, abstractness at the time that grabbed Lennon's attention.

He wooed Her.

She already was well known in the Greenwich Village scene of NYC. One of her most famous 'pieces' of the 60s was wearing a paper dress, made from newspapers. Men from the audience would snip off a small piece, this went on until she was standing there totally....nude. Mhm.

In the video for 'True Colors' Cyndi Lauper wears a 'newspaper dress' but she doesn't have it taken off. That's some inspiration for the girl who is So Unusual.

LagunaToday  09:22 am JST

Her wailing on "Double Fantasy" was execrable. Worst album I ever bought.

Totally spoiled the album. She'd be coming on like a scolding schoolteacher at best, and who needs that? Then there's the song 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' with orgasm sounds. And the 1981 'Skating On Thin Ice' single (a CD extra) is truly horrid. It actually has the sounds of her barfing in the studio.

The posthumous 1984 album 'Milk and Honey' is the only 'John and Yoko' CD I have. All the songs are good, even the ones Yoko takes the lead on. That one has songs on it, and it proves that Yoko can be 'musical' when she wants to. As for the rest, esp. the 'Two Virgins', 'Wedding Album' and such - they got released on CD during the late 90s as an afterthought from the Beatles Anthology project and all I can say is 'Yeeeccchhh!!!'.

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As long as she doesn’t make any more ‘noise’ I’m good with that

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It is actually her singing in the Christmas song that John and her wrote together. She can sing nicely when she wants to, it was just that horrible cat screeching they were both into during their musical experimental period that everyone remembers, unfortunately.

But yeah, I prefer her art to the music. The wish trees seem very Japanese to me, like when you get the fortunes and hang them up at the temples/shrines here. I'd like to go to this exhibit, pity it's not touring.

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The only other person to sing a lead lyric on a Beatles song is Yoko: "Not when he looked so fierce"

And she didn't break up the Beatles. The Beatles did that themselves.

It’s occasionally hard to know whether Ono is being intentionally funny with instructions like “Imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky … Drink a liter of water.”

Very similar to 公案; used to jolt our reality to provoke the "great doubt" and stimulate initial insight.

Let the trolls roll

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John would have disagreed with the Yoko haters and knew art and her far better than any of us.

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Bob FosseToday  06:16 pm JST

*John would have disagreed with the Yoko haters and knew art and her *far better than any of us.

Without a doubt he knew her better than any of us but you have no idea if he knew art better than any of us. You should only speak for yourself. One doesn't have to 'know' art to say that one doesn't like a work of art.

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but you have no idea if he knew art better than any of us. You should only speak for yourself. One doesn't have to 'know' art to say that one doesn't like a work of art.

He knew her art better than any of us. But yes, art is entirely subjective. Which is why trashing someone’s art because you don’t like it is an entirely pointless endeavor.

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Bob FosseToday  10:07 pm JST

He knew her art better than any of us. But yes, art is entirely subjective. Which is why trashing someone’s art because you don’t like it is an entirely pointless endeavor.

You didn't write her art. You wrote art. You aren't even sure what you write. It's called expressing an opinion good or bad because art is subjective. Trashing art is fine as it's freedom of expression (unless you believe in communism) and not pointless. It got you all up in arms didn't it.

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Yoko Ono claims to be trying get out of his shadow so chose a venue in London for her exhibition. Yeah, right! She really does try her best to be somebody that she is not, a talented artist.

The art? Yuck Oh No!

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John gave Yoko credit for being behind his biggest hit Imagine.

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NAMFeb. 15  04:57 pm JST

It is actually her singing in the Christmas song that John and her wrote together. She can sing nicely when she wants to, it was just that horrible cat screeching they were both into during their musical experimental period that everyone remembers, unfortunately.

But yeah, I prefer her art to the music. The wish trees seem very Japanese to me, like when you get the fortunes and hang them up at the temples/shrines here. I'd like to go to this exhibit, pity it's not touring.

In the late 90s Yoko utilized the internet to create a website called 'Acorns'. She would bring up some term or image and people would write in responses.

Elvis is hereFeb. 15  05:59 pm JST

The only other person to sing a lead lyric on a Beatles song is Yoko: "Not when he looked so fierce"

And she didn't break up the Beatles. The Beatles did that themselves.

If you watched the Beatles Anthology TV specials and video project you would know that. And the surviving three have all said it, Yoko (and to a lesser degree Linda McCartney) have had to take a lot of crap and blame for the Beatles breakup. They vowed to do so while they were still were 'on top' and when it wasn't fun for them anymore. They did so.

It’s occasionally hard to know whether Ono is being intentionally funny with instructions like “Imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky … Drink a liter of water.”

Very similar to 公案; used to jolt our reality to provoke the "great doubt" and stimulate initial insight.

Let the trolls roll

The Beatles have said it themselves yet those rumors keep on flying. There's always going to be hack writers who write books based on rumors, gossip and lies, just to make a buck.

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Her “art” is what “artists” of her ilk do - she can’t even draw. John had more artistic talent in his little finger.

His dependence on Ono was psychological and stemmed from her manipulation of his very real weaknesses. It was not a meeting of two artistic minds.

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