Sogetsu Contemporary Series 15: Works of Yoko Ono
Tokyo: Sogetsu Art Center, 1962. 4 1⁄2 x 18 1⁄2 in. Very good, slight toning to edges, creased from folding. Item #6661
Flyer for Yoko Ono’s show presented May 24, 1962 at the Sogetsu Art Center. The flyer includes lines of text with uninked numbers embossed at the end of every line, creating a concrete poem.
Sogetsu Art Center was a principal hub of the Japanese avant-garde and a key link between the New York and Tokyo artistic communities. Ono and her then-husband Toshi Ichiyanagi were a major reason for this: they facilitated connections and relationships between important artists in each city, introducing George Maciunus to Group Ongaku and other Japanese artists. The resulting circulation of musical scores, texts, art objects, and recordings between the Tokyo and New York avant-gardes created a cross-pollination between distant artistic communities, linked by overlapping conceptual, thematic, and formal preoccupations. Evidencing this cross-pollination, Sogetsu hosted several key figures from the New York avant-garde in the early 1960s, including John Cage, David Tudor, Robert Rauschenberg, and Merce Cunningham.