Wednesday, September 14, 2022

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Imagine" as conceptual art (according to Louis Menand)

In "The Grapefruit Artist", his profile of Yoko Ono in the 20 June 2022 issue of "The New Yorker", Louis Menand concludes with a discussion of John Lennon's song "Imagine": "Lennon said that it was sexist of him not to have listed Ono as a co-writer" of the song, but Ono finally received official credit for it in 2017. Further, many of Ono's works that Menand discusses in the article, such as "Grapefruit", consist of instructions in the imperative form, in which she tells the works' audiences what to do. Hence, Menand argues that while 'Imagine' may be utopian, "it is also a work of conceptual art. It's an instruction piece." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 14 September 2022)


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