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Exhibitions - John Lennon

9th October 2007 - 28th October 2007

The pieces in this exhibition are sourced from the 'Bag One Portfolio', part of the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art, New York. The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

While music will be remembered as his most popular art form, John Lennon loved both his literature and his visual art, studying at Liverpool Art Institute from 1957-60. He penned and illustrated three books: 'In his Own Write', 'A Spaniard in The Works' and 'Skywriting By Word of Mouth'. As early as 1968, John began moving toward a return to visual art. He was primarily interested in drawing and favoured the creative lose sketch, working in pen and ink. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the 'Bag One Portfolio' a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon and their plea for world peace, the Bed-In. The suite also contained erotic sketches. The 'Bag One' series was first published and exhibited in January 1970 at the London Art Gallery. On the second day, the exhibition was closed by Scotland Yard and the erotic lithographs confiscated.
During 1986, Yoko Ono Lennon decided to share John's artistic genius with the pubic by publishing the first in a series of prints entitled 'This Is My Story Both Horrible and True', followed with 'Bag One Continued…', 'Dakota Days' and 'Karuizawa Series'. These works are a commentary on John's everyday life, his wife, Yoko and their son, Sean. The drawings are whimsical yet poetic, loving portraits of their years together. Drawn by one of the most important cultural figures of our time, these illustrations celebrate human love and communication - two themes at the heart of John Lennon's contribution to the art of the twentieth century.

Below is a selection of the art from the exhibition. Click on an image to view a larger version.

John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon

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