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Yoko Ono, Mend Piece, 1966/2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Galerie Lelong.

Yoko Ono

Galerie Lelong/Andrea Rosen Gallery

Yoko Ono, Mend Piece, 1966/2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Galerie Lelong.

To those who wondered why Yoko Ono’s “The Riverbed” comprised two separate installations, identical in their components, that were sited in two separate galleries in close proximity in Chelsea, the answer quickly became evident. The show resonated differently in its two locations: In my experience, the installation at Galerie Lelong was more concentrated, silent, and intimate, while the one at Andrea Rosen Gallery was more luminous, open, and social. Others might have felt differently. But that is all to the point, for each visit was unique, affected by its participant’s individual memories and perceptions.

Ono made objects available, accompanied by brief instructions, offering each viewer the opportunity to use them creatively. Stone Piece, 2015, consisted of river stones—inscribed, like Tibetan prayer stones, with words—that could be collected by the visitor and brought,

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