Artist Decries John Lennon Art Sales

  • November 06, 2012 20:03

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"Family of Peace" by John Lennon. Copyright Yoko Ono.

Florida-based artist Gary Arseneau is a vocal opponent of the sale of limited edition prints of minimalist drawings by Beatles band member John Lennon.

Arseneau contends that Lennon's wife Yoko Ono and others are profiting from reproductions of works that Lennon never authorized.

“The reason why the art is a fraud is simply that everything produced after 1980 is not original. John was dead—the dead don't create art,” said Arseneau. “These are reproductions that have been colorized and altered by Yoko and others.”

A 120-piece John Lennon traveling exhibition has Arsenault irked because he says unsuspecting collectors are not totally aware that the art was not exclusively produced by Lennon.

“He has harassed us for the last 10 years over this,” said the Lennon collection curator Richard Horowitz. “All of the items in the collection are properly identified and we make it very clear that Yoko Ono has collaborated on many of these pieces.”

 

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