(SOLD): ONO, Yoko. Yoko at Indica.

(London): Indica Gallery, 1966. First edition. Tall octavo. 40 pages. Exhibition catalogue for the show “Unfinished Paintings and Objects”. Indica was the acme of swinging London, the happening place for contemporary artists in the sixties, and it was at this exhibition that John Lennon was famously introduced to Yoko Ono, an event that has obtained mythical status in Lennon/Beatles history. The two became inseparable, and the songwriter in Lennon became less interested in wanting to hold hands and more interested in revolution. They married in 1969 and famously held “bed-ins” for peace. Included in the exhibition was Ono‘s first all white chess set, which was at that time simplistically called Chess Set. Accompanying the work was the following explanation: “For playing as long as you can remember where all your pieces are.” It would show up many years later as Play It By Trust, and continue to be one of Yoko‘s most recognized pieces, due to its inclusion in several Lennon films and videos. Though John and Yoko‘s ballad ended on a tragic note, it began, at the Indica Gallery, on a properly imaginative one. This is a nice copy of this surprisingly scarce, and important, catalogue without the usual problems associated with the gummed and perforated illustrations.


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