John Lennon; Yoko Ono
John Lennon; Yoko Ono
by John Lennon
bromide print, 1968
12 in. x 15 in. (305 mm x 380 mm) overall
Given by John Morton Morris, 2015
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Artistback to top
- John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 80 portraits.
This portraitback to top
One of three black and white prints of a nude John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken by Lennon on a time-delay camera for the cover of Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968). (The full length front and back poses were used). Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968) was first of three experimental albums released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Apple Records and resulted from an all-night music session in Lennon’s home while his wife Cynthia was away in Greece. The cover image was taken in private in Ringo Starr's flat in Montagu Square. The evening following the photo shoot, John Lennon requested Jeremy Banks, who worked closely with Lennon as art director, to have the photographs secretly developed for use on the cover. Upon the album’s release in 1968, the images provoked such outrage that it was banned as obscene in some jurisdictions, and prompted distributors to cover it in a plain brown wrapper. The album's title came from the couple's feeling that they were ‘two innocents, lost in a world gone mad’, and because after making the recording the two consummated their relationship.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Ringo Starr's flat, 34 Montagu Square, Marylebone, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait (9 January 2016 - 11 September 2016)
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Events of 1968back to top
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