Starting on Thursday night, some of John Lennon’s art – including a few pieces never seen before – will be put on display at a Manhattan gallery by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
“Imagine Peace,” at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo will feature more than 100 works created between 1968 and 1980.
Some of it will be familiar, like the controversial Bag-One lithographs drawings, so erotic that Scotland Yard once seized them from a show. Others have never been publicly shown, including “He Tried to Consult the Stars,” a cartoon that wouldn’t be out of place in the New Yorker, and the sardonic sketch “Karmic Wheel.”
Ono has been showing parts of the collection for 15 years across the country, funneling door donations to local charities.
Collection curator Rudy Siegel said the exhibits usually draw Beatles fans, but Lennon’s work holds value for the art aficionado who has never hummed “Come Together.” We’ve had them hung next to our Picassos and our Warhols. They hold their own,” he said.