“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality": Grapefruit; Signed by Yoko Ono and John Lennon

  • Grapefruit.


Item Number: 58005

London: Sphere Books, 1971.

First Sphere books edition of this early example of conceptual art. 12mo, original illustrated wrappers, as issued. Signed by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with some light rubbing and a crease to the rear panel. The Sphere edition integrates the subject matter of Ono’s 1966 short film Bottoms. Rare and desirable signed by both Ono and Lennon.

has become famous as an early example of conceptual art, containing a series of "event scores" that replace the physical work of art – the traditional stock-in-trade of artists – with instructions that an individual may, or may not, wish to enact. "Grapefruit is one of the monuments of conceptual art of the early 1960s, She has a lyrical, poetic dimension that sets her apart from the other conceptual artists. Her approach to art was only made acceptable when white men like Kosuth and Weiner came in and did virtually the same thing as Yoko, but made them respectable and collectible" (David Bourdon).