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Thatcher’s Artists

Peter Wollen, 30 October 1997

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection 
by Norman Rosenthal.
Thames and Hudson, 222 pp., £29.95, September 1997, 0 500 23752 2
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... aftermath of Conceptual Art, in the late Sixties and on into the Seventies, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Victor Burgin, Les Levine and others used billboards for work which blended fine art with political propaganda. By dethroning painting, Conceptual Art opened the gates to a range of other media, not simply text and installation, but also ...

More a Voyeur

Colm Tóibín: Elton Took Me Hostage, 19 December 2019

by Elton John.
Macmillan, 376 pp., £25, October 2019, 978 1 5098 5331 1
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... closet you’ve ever been in in your life.He was pleased to see that his friends John Lennon and Yoko Ono were ‘as bad as me’ when it came to shopping. ‘The various apartments they owned in the Dakota were so full of priceless artworks, antiques and clothes that I once sent them a card,’ which read: ‘Imagine six apartments, it isn’t hard to ...

Loafing with the Sissies

Colm Tóibín: The Trials of Andy Warhol, 10 September 2020

Warhol: A Life as Art 
by Blake Gopnik.
Allen Lane, 931 pp., £35, March, 978 0 241 00338 1
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... who would pay to have their portraits painted. Having done Mick Jagger, he pursued John Lennon and Yoko Ono, without success: Warhol was indignant that two people who made ‘a million dollars a day’ were too cheap to pay $50,000 for a portrait. Lennon told Warhol he should be paying them; Ono pointed out that Jackie ...

Liberation Music

Richard Gott: In Memory of Cornelius Cardew, 12 March 2009

Cornelius Cardew: A Life Unfinished 
by John Tilbury.
Copula, 1069 pp., £45, October 2008, 978 0 9525492 3 9
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... from art to music. ‘It was impossible to disentangle the compulsion of the audience to cut, and Yoko Ono’s compulsion to be cut,’ he wrote in the Financial Times in 1966 of the famous performance in which Ono encouraged her audience to attack her clothing with scissors. She was his house guest at the time and had ...

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