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Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings

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ISBN13: 9780743201100
ISBN10: 0743201108
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Hand this book to any Yoko-hater and watch as the corners of their mouth tremble, resisting a disarmed smile. This work (originally published in 1970) is probably, properly, "Fluxist," though it takes that project even further from the gallery than any "happening" could. Ono's instructions for the reader are sometimes funny and philosophical ("Let people copy or photograph your paintings. Destroy the originals"), sometimes seemingly impossible ("Let everybody in the city think of the word 'yes' at the same time for 30 seconds. Do it often"), and always fascinating. Yoko's been an art-world hero for a long time, but it needn't end there! I'm convinced the world would be a better place if everyone read Grapefruit.
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Publisher Comments:

Back in print for the first time in nearly thirty years, here is Yoko Ono's whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; "Burn this book after you've read it." andlt;Iandgt; — Yokoandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; "A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality." andlt;BRandgt; "This is the greatest book I've ever burned." — John

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1970, "Grapefruit" remains one of the icons of a generation, with a mixture of poetic verse, drawings, mock questionnaires, and more. Line drawings.

About the Author

Best known as singer-songwriter for the legendary Beatles, John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. In 1969, Lennon married Yoko Ono and the two formed the Plastic Ono Band. Lennon was killed by a deranged fan outside his apartment building in New York on December 8, 1980.

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misskp, December 17, 2006 (view all comments by misskp)
I bought this book a couple of years ago, much to the discontent to my boyfriend. Of course he had the idea most people have about Yoko Ono, but without reading and understanding her intricate writings and emotive drawings, most opinions are completely unfounded. Yoko Ono's drawings and writings are an important part of feminist culture, music history and generally, just interesting to look at.
This book is timeless, and I have it sitting on my mantle. People that come over always pick it up, and seem to say the same thing every time..."I had no idea she was actually an artist, or that she could write."
Yoko Ono is definitely much more than that sentence...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743201100
Subtitle:
A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono
Author:
Ono, Yoko
Illustrator:
Lennon, John
Author:
Lennon, John
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Reggae
Subject:
Instruction
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Reggae
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Yoko Ono, Conceptual Art, Artist book, Poetry, Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Classic Edition
Series Volume:
70
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 line drawings t-o
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5.5 x 5.5 in 11.69 oz

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Hand this book to any Yoko-hater and watch as the corners of their mouth tremble, resisting a disarmed smile. This work (originally published in 1970) is probably, properly, "Fluxist," though it takes that project even further from the gallery than any "happening" could. Ono's instructions for the reader are sometimes funny and philosophical ("Let people copy or photograph your paintings. Destroy the originals"), sometimes seemingly impossible ("Let everybody in the city think of the word 'yes' at the same time for 30 seconds. Do it often"), and always fascinating. Yoko's been an art-world hero for a long time, but it needn't end there! I'm convinced the world would be a better place if everyone read Grapefruit.

"Synopsis" by , Originally published in 1970, "Grapefruit" remains one of the icons of a generation, with a mixture of poetic verse, drawings, mock questionnaires, and more. Line drawings.
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