Yoko Ono: One Woman Show: 1960–1971

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Yoko Ono. Apple. 1966

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

Curator, Christophe Cherix: 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.