Saturday, November 26, 2022

Yoko Ono: Arias and Objects

[Yoko Ono]
Yoko Ono: Arias and Objects
Salt Lake City, USA: Peregrine Smith Books, 1991
140 pp., 25.5 x 21.5 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Released on November 1st, 1991, Arias and Objects was the first monograph I owned on Ono's work, and might've been the first published. Previously I had read a hack biography that I found in my public library, by Jerry Hopkins (who had also written books on Elvis and Hendrix and perhaps the most ubiquitous book in my high school: No One Here Gets Out Alive, about Jim Morrison). 

Edited by Barbara Haskell and John G. Hanhardt, Arias and Objects examines Ono's objects, songs, films, performance works, and activism. Chapter headings include "Music of the Mind", "Sky and Clouds", "Paintings to Complete in the Mind", "Flying", "Feminism: Violence and Liberation" and "Mourning". It includes examples from Fluxus, pre-Fluxus, all the way up to Ono's bronze works of the late eighties and early nineties.

The front flap of the self-wraps includes a hole to see the sky through. 

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