17 Jan Sexy art show closed but it’s ‘all a big laugh’ to Lennon
LONDON – (UPI-AP) – Scotland Yard, acting on ground of obscenity, yesterday closed a John Lennon art show depicting his sex life with wife Yoko Ono.
But Beatle Lennon, grinning broadly, said in Copenhagen: “I don’t care what they do. It’s all a big laugh.”
The exhibition, which opened on Thursday, consisted of 14 lithographs by Lennon portraying the couple unclothed in various love-making poses.
The sketches, on sale for $100 each, were viewed by more than 7,500 people.
Police entered the exclusive Bond Street gallery, hurried out the spectators and set up guard at the doors to hold back the crowds — long-haired youths, businessmen and middle-aged ladies — clamoring to get a glimpse of the pictures before they were confiscated.
Teenyboppers and Beatle fans raised cries of “Police state!” and “why pick on the Beatles?” as detectives milled inside the gallery taking pictures of the lithographs and questioning gallery officials.
“They confiscated all our photographs, catalogues, order books and other documents pertaining to the exhibition,” said Eugene Schuster, owner and director of London Arts, which tours universities, art centres and museums throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
He said 20 sets of the prints had been sold, at $1,320 each.
The pictures will go on show in New York at the end of this month. Paris in the spring and possibly later in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.