In the June 20, 2022 issue of The New Yorker appears “The Grapefruit Artist” by Louis Menard about Yoko Ono. She will be turning ninety years old and a new biography has been published about her. Menard asks, “Is Ono underrated?”
Tom dismisses her as fraudulent, and I do, too. Ono was 12 years old when Tokyo was firebombed in 1944. She was moved to safety by her family; her mother was heir to the second largest bank in Japan and her father was heir to the first largest bank.
Then she moved to New York City and became part of the New York Art Scene in the Fifties and early Sixties. This is what interested me most about the article—descriptions of the “Art Scene” at that time. One group of artist elites called them “Flexes”, they believed that they should NOT be elite. “Anybody can do it”, was their motto. Ono displayed an empty canvas on the floor of a gallery and invited patrons to walk upon it. This was “Conceptual Art”, with references to Jackson Pollack’s drip paintings which he painted on the floor.
Folks, that’s NOT what art is all about. Art has to do with talent and the realization of talent. Everyone can NOT make art.
The article goes on to how Yoko Ono met John Lennon at a gallery in London and how they married. The article admits that Ono was a small artist with few followers when she became world-famous after marrying Lennon. Recommended for people who want to read about the New York “Art Scene” in Fifties and Sixties.
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