GRAPEFRUIT

First edition, first printing. Association copy, inscribed by Yoko Ono to the visionary performance artist Ken Dewey. Original white card covers with the title in black to the upper cover. An excellent near fine copy, the fragile binding square and firm with only a little bumping at the corner and a couple of finger marks to the upper cover. The contents remain clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. An exceptionally well preserved example of this ground-breaking conceptual piece made up of [in Yoko's own words] "instructions to help you through life" divided into five sections; Music, Painting, Event, Poetry and Object. Self-published in an edition of 500 copies.

Inscribed by the author in black ink on the second blank endpaper, "To Ken Dewey / with love / Yoko / July, 1964". A wonderful association copy, the recipient Ken Dewey (1934-1972) was a visionary New York performance artist, playwright, and director, active in the Happening and Action Theatre movements in the U.S. and throughout Europe. His life intersected with a diverse range of cultural icons, activists and influencers including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Chet Baker, Lee Breuer, John Giorno, and Jon Hendricks, amongst many others. Through his pioneering work, as well as his involvement in the civil rights movement, he re-imagined the function of art in society, believing that it could actively challenge injustice and galvanise meaningful change. He was particularly known for creating 'Happenings', performance art pieces staged in public spaces, precursors to the modern 'flash mob', that frequently generated public controversy. A close friend of both John Lennon and Yoko Ono, he collaborated with Ono on multiple creative projects and later played a central role in the campaign to halt the US government's attempt to deport the pair in 1972, organising petitions of fellow artists, authors, musicians and actors, and appearing as a character witness at their hearing. Following his tragic early death in a plane crash in 1972, John and Yoko performed together at his memorial service, with Yoko screaming while John played air guitar. Provenance: Ken Dewey, presentation inscription; gifted to Anders Olzon (Swedish avantgarde artist who ran "Pistolteatern").

Stock code: 18262

£18,500

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Published:

Tokyo: Wunternaum Press.
1964

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Modern First Editions
Signed / Inscribed
Literature
Non-fiction
Poetry
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