Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book to buy: Yoko Ono, Grapefruit, first edition facsimile from MoMA (2015)

I recommend that any collectors out there get an order in for this: in conjunction with the new Yoko Ono exhibition at MoMA, New York, MoMA has created a facsimile edition of the artist's monumental 1964 book Grapefruit. The Wunternaum first edition of this are impossible to find, as many of them are already locked away in museum collections and valued in the tens-of-thousands. And, others out there look like this soiled piece that I found on the Grapefruit wiki:

Because MoMA naturally has a pristine copy in their collection, with Ono's blessing they created two facsimile editions of the book. One started at $750 and was signed and numbered by Ono in an edition of only 50 copies. These have sold out ridiculously fast, have doubled in price in two days, and I believe are completely gone at this point. For the rest of us, for a mere $150 you can buy an unsigned one from an edition of 500 copies. When I placed my order yesterday, a store employee told me there were likely about 150 left.

Go here to place an order; I'm certain this book will be worth a lot, and it's really a special piece. The book is composed of 150 instructional "artworks", like the two below.

The book is small, only about 6 inches squared. I think this is an obvious acquisition for anyone's art library, or for those smaller-scale investors who want a piece that, in my opinion, is sure rise in value.

Currently reading:
Mikhail Shishkin, The Light and the Dark

Currently listening to:
Kamasi Washing, "The Epic"

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