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Artist:
Keiichi Tanaami, born 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Yoko Ono, born 18 Feb 1933  Search this
John Lennon, 9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980  Search this
Medium:
16mm film (color, sound); transferred to digital
Dimensions:
Duration: 4:24 min.
Type:
Time-Based Media
Date:
1973
Exhibition Label:
Keiichi Tanaami’s hand-drawn animated feature, set to John Lennon’s 1971 song “Oh Yoko,” is an homage to both Yoko Ono (born 1933) and her creative collaboration with Lennon (1940–1980), as well as a psychedelic collage of popular culture imagery. Tanaami is one of the most renowned Pop artists to emerge from postwar Japan, referencing consumerism, commercial art techniques, and Andy Warhol in his work.
In this video, Tanaami captures key moments of Ono and Lennon’s love affair and activism, including their week-long “Bed-Ins” for world peace and their infamous nude pose for the Two Virgins album. Complementing Lennon’s upbeat instrumentation, the video also references the Beatles’ discography, with yellow submarines and strawberries, and incorporates classic American symbols such as hamburgers, motorcycles, and Elvis. When Ono met Lennon in 1966, she was already a budding conceptual and performance artist. Recognizing her lasting impact, the Museum of Modern Art recently honored Ono with a retrospective of her work.
El video de dibujos animados hechos a mano por Keiichi Tanaami, que tiene como fondo la canción “Oh Yoko” compuesta por John Lennon en 1971, no es solo un homenaje a Yoko Ono (nacida en 1933) y su colaboración creativa con Lennon (1940-1980), sino un collage psicodélico de imaginería de la cultura popular. Tanaami es uno de los artistas pop más renombrados del Japón de la p
En este video, Tanaami plasma momentos clave de la relación amorosa y el activismo de Ono y Lennon, incluidas sus “encamadas” de una semana por la paz mundial y su célebre desnudo para el álbum Two Virgins. El video complementa el animado arreglo musical de Lennon haciendo referencia a la discografía de los Beatles con submarinos amarillos y fresas, e incorpora símbolos de la cultura estadounidense como hamburguesas, motocicletas y Elvis Presley. Cuando Ono conoció a Lennon en 1966, ya era una artista conceptual y performática en ascenso. En reconocimiento de su perdurable impacto, el Museo de Arte Moderno honró recientemente a Ono con una retrospectiva de su obra.
Topic:
Cartoon  Search this
Animation  Search this
Yoko Ono: Female  Search this
Yoko Ono: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Yoko Ono: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Yoko Ono: Performing Arts\Filmmaker\Experimental filmmaker  Search this
Yoko Ono: Visual Arts\Artist\Conceptual artist  Search this
Yoko Ono: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Peace activist  Search this
John Lennon: Male  Search this
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter  Search this
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist  Search this
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock singer  Search this
John Lennon: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2015.24
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© 1973, Keiichi Tanaami
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f10eb8da-03a2-4181-869c-44115ab6375b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2015.24