Yoko Ono: One Woman Show: 1960–1971

*Apple*

Yoko Ono. Apple. 1966

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Yoko Ono. Apple. 1966. Plexiglas pedestal, brass plaque, apple, 45 × 6 11/16 × 6 15/16″ (114.3 × 17 × 17.6 cm). Private collection. © Yoko Ono 2015

Narrator: Hello, I’m Christophe Cherix, the Robert Lehman Chief Curator of Drawings & Prints and one of the curators of this exhibition. Apple was first displayed in a London gallery in 1966.  It was here that Ono met John Lennon for the first time, when he came in the day before the opening.

Yoko Ono: And then he saw the apple. You know, he didn't say anything. He just grabbed it and had a bite in it. Apple was a fresh apple on an installation like this. And he just grabbed it and bit it and looked at me like, you know, "There!" you know? I was so furious, I didn't know what to say. And it all showed in my face: How dare this person, you know, mess around with my work? So he just said, "I'm sorry", and just put it on the stand again.

Yoko Ono. Apple. 1966. Plexiglas pedestal, brass plaque, apple, 45 × 6 11/16 × 6 15/16″ (114.3 × 17 × 17.6 cm). Private collection. © Yoko Ono 2015
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