Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 28

Price Realized: $ 2,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

YOKO ONO (1933- )

Works of Yoko Ono. (Invitation).
Typewriting and embossing on thin wove paper. 473x115 mm, 18⅝x4½ inches (sheet), full margins. With the mailer folds as issued. 1962.

Printed to announce Ono's performance and exhibition at the Sogetsu Art Center, Tokyo on May 24, 1962.

The Sogetsu Art Center was a principal hub of the Japanese avant-garde and a key link between the New York and Tokyo artistic communities. Ono and her then-husband Toshi Ichiyanagi were a major reason for this: they facilitated connections and relationships between important artists in each city, introducing George Maciunus to Group Ongaku and other Japanese artists. The resulting circulation of musical scores, texts, art objects, and recordings between the Tokyo and New York avant-gardes created a cross-pollination between distant artistic communities, linked by overlapping conceptual, thematic, and formal preoccupations. Evidencing this cross-pollination, Sogetsu hosted several key figures from the New York avant-garde in the early 1960s, including John Cage, David Tudor, Robert Rauschenberg, and Merce Cunningham.