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Yoko Ono on why John Lennon's art remains relevant
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2009

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"Come Together" by John Lennon

This year marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In, which found the newlywed couple pontificating about peace from their Amsterdam honeymoon bed for a week. Decades later, and despite Lennon's untimely death in 1980, the couple is still working together to promote social justice, with Ono publicizing exhibits of Lennon's playful, sometimes colorful, often childlike, works of art.

Such an exhibit will be on display at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit from August 28 to 30; the collection showcases more than 100 drawings and paintings, and proceeds will benefit Caring Unlimited, the anti-domestic violence organization in York County. We spoke to Ono, on the phone from New York, about why Lennon's visual art is as compelling as his musical legacy.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE LASTING MESSAGE OF JOHN'S ART? The fact that John at the time was into family, warmth, love, love between people, that sort of thing. And of course there's a little sense of humor there too. That's all John. And right now, the family system is breaking down, people are not very happy, all that, you know? And it's good to remind people that we can be human, you know? We like to have fun. Not fun-fun-fun, but . . . be nice to each other.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE? I hand-chose all the stuff. They're all very beautiful. I love them all really.

WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL FIND SURPRISING ABOUT THE COLLECTION? They'll be surprised by the warmth and the sense of humor. Because most of the time when you go to a museum or something, most art is just being very serious. John's art totally surprises everyone in that sense. It's serious in a different way. In a 'Hey, we're together, aren't we?' kind of attitude. John's work — with his songs, as well — it's innately something a majority of people can be attracted to and understand. It's very hard to make good work that appeals to many people. Sometimes good work can be very elitist. But his work isn't. His work speaks to so many people, it's really great.

WHAT IS NEW, DIFFERENT, REMARKABLE ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT? We always have some new pieces in it. I always make sure that the local person will curate it; the reason that I do that is they have a take of the local situation much better than me. I like the fact that each time, we focus on the charity of that town or city. [In this case it's] Caring Unlimited, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and that's very, very important. There's an incredible backlash [against] feminism, the fact that women are standing up for their rights. We have to help each other focus on this sort of thing. That was John . . . he was always caring about other people, we were standing up for world peace, and a better society. Especially in John's case, I think he stood up for a different kind of relationship between men and women. Before John, I never saw a man in the park with a stroller. John started . . . this thing about the exchange of roles, and all that. I always want to make sure that I would somehow focus on a charitable organization of that city, especially about women and children.

ON AUGUST 16, THE WORLD MARCH FOR PEACE & NONVIOLENCE CELEBRATED THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN'S AND YOUR 1969 BED-IN WITH A "PEACE BED," BANDS, AND SPEAKERS IN CENTRAL PARK. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE EVENT? I think it's great! I was wishing very strongly that they would have a good time, and I was with them in spirit.

"Come Together: The Artwork of John Lennon" | August 28-30 | at Dunaway Center, 23 School St, Ogunquit | 207.646.2939 | $2 suggested donation

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Artwork of John Lennon FRAUD
August 26, 2009The Artwork of John Lennon is a -fraud- by his widow Yoko Ono, along with her business associates: Legacy Fine Art Production, Pacific Edge Gallery and others, to cash in at the expense of the unsuspecting consumer and legitimate artists, not to mention John Lennon's true legacy.

Since 1986, Yoko Ono and her business associates have misrepresented more than 35,000 posthumous black-and-white reproductions and colorized & altered fakes for sale to the public at $500 to $8,000 or more each as “lithographs,” “serigraphs,” “woodcuts" and "etchings” ie., original works of visual art, not to mention its' deceptive promotion as the "Artwork of John Lennon."

John Lennon died in 1980.

The dead don't create artwork.

Yoko Ono began this fraud sometime before 1986 when she hired chromists (someone who copies the artist's work) to reproduce John Lennon's black-and-white drawings.

Soon after 1986, Yoko Ono found out these non-disclosed black-and-white reproductions, even when misrepresented as original works of visual art, weren't selling as quickly as she liked, she had them colorized.

Eventually in the late 1990's, Yoko Ono, lost all inhibitions about John Lennon's true legacy and began authorizing not only the colorization of John Lennon's original black-and-white drawings but their alteration into new compositions that John Lennon could not have approved since he was still dead.

To further perpetuate this fraud, Yoko Ono authorized the posthumous application of a counterfeit John Lennon chopmark/signature to each one of these non-disclosed fakes to create the illusion that John Lennon created and approved them, much less signed them.

The dead don't approve or sign anything.

In other words, Yoko Ono and her business associates wants, with or without intent, the public to suspend disbelief or just believe that John Lennon has created, approved and signed more works of visual art in the last 23 years since 1986 than any living artist in the history of man and he’s dead.

How’d the dead do that? To learn more, link to: //  Gary Arseneauartist, creator of original lithographs & scholarFernandina Beach, Florida 
By Gary Arseneau on 08/27/2009 at 12:36:39

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