Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 29

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800


Museum of Modern [F]art: Yoko Ono-one woman show, Dec. 1st - Dec. 15th.
Artist's book in the form of an exhibition catalogue. 305x305 mm, 12x12 inches. [New York]. Published by Yoko Ono, 1971. First edition signed, inscribed to Lithuanian-American avant-garde filmmaker, poet and artist, Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) on front cover by Ono, in green ink, and John Lennon, with a doodle of their faces dated 1972, in black; single signature saddle stitched; illustrated with photographs by Iain McMillan and Ono; without the copyright stamp found in some copies.

This artist-produced interactive piece purports to be an exhibition catalogue, although it memorializes a show that never took place. The bulk of the contents consists of 138 postcards, taken in various locations around New York City, each featuring a large arrow indicating the location of a fly, with a thumbnail close-up of the insect on the other side. The reader is invited to cut the postcards out and send them to friends. This section is followed by an invitation to write an essay of "about 500 words" on feeling better, a space to write about "your relationship" to each of the flies pictured, and a space to record "flies you've discovered yourself." Other images include a photograph of Lennon, an advertisement for the nonexistent show torn from a newspaper and displayed at the MoMA ticket counter, maps and more.