The Gold Top County Ramblers

Acoustic bluegrass with a bunch of special guests including guitarist Tucker Rogers, mandolin player Andy Thacker, and singer-songwriters Travis Elliott and William Walter.

10 comments

CUT, PASTED & COLORIZED, Artwork of John Lennon FRAUD

Note: Footnotes enclosed with { }.

For the last twenty odd years, since 1986, Yoko Ono and her business associates Legacy Fine Art and Productions and Pacific Edge Gallery have misrepresented well over 41,000 posthumous black-and-white reproductions and colorized -FAKES{1}-, at $500 to $9,000 or more each, as original works of visual art ie. “serigraphs,” “lithographs,” “etchings,” “woodcuts” and as the “Artwork of John Lennon.” This -FRAUD{2}- went so far as to even have reproductions of John Lennon’s original black-and-white drawings posthumously cut, pasted multiple times and colorized in altered compositions.

BLACK-AND-WHITE IN 1964
This alteration of John Lennon’s legacy is documented in John Lennon’s 1964/1965 In His Own Write & A Spaniard In The Works{3} book. On page 65 of his book, there is black-and-white reproduction of John Lennon’s original black-and-white drawing of a single giraffe and rhinoceros.

CUT, PASTED AND COLORIZED IN 1999
This alteration of John Lennon’s legacy is confirmed in Yoko Ono’s 1999 John Lennon real love, The Drawings for Sean{4}, with an inside subtitle: “adapted by Al Naclerio from Drawings by John Lennon.” On page 19 of Yoko Ono’s book, John Lennon’s original black-and-white giraffe and rhinoceros drawing have obviously been -cut-, -pasted- multiple times and -colorized- in an altered composition, misrepresented as a “serigraph{5},” with a title “a herd moving” applied that John Lennon could not have written, much less approved, because he was dead almost twenty years when they were posthumously “adapted by Al Naclerio.”

Yet, in the INTRODUCTION of Yoko Ono’s 1999 John Lennon real love The Drawings for Sean book, she writes: “I began finding John and Sean drawing together. John would draw something and explain to Sean what it was. - John would ask Sean what he thought John was drawing. Sean would say, ‘That’s a horsey,”’ and that would become the title of John’s drawing.”

LEGACY FINE ART & PRODUCTIONS
This misrepresentation of John Lennon’s true legacy is perpetuated by Yoko Ono’ business associate Legacy Fine Arts & Productions on their www.johnlennonartwork.com/ popup_reallove.html website. Under the subtitle: “Real Love - The Pieces,” one of which is titled: “A herd moving,” it states: “These drawings were done in the last years of John’s life, with and for his son Sean, to teach him about life and to give him an appreciation for art.”

PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY
Additionally, this misrepresentation of John Lennon’s true legacy is also perpetuated by another of Yoko Ono’s business associates Pacific Edge Gallery on their www.lennonart.com/newrel.htm website. In part, it states: “‘Real Love’ Drawings for Sean {are} twenty-two new editions from John Lennon's new book of drawings released on Random House in June. These unique playful and colorful drawings were drawn for John's son, Sean, to share with him the fun of drawing and creating.”

PUBLISHED AFTER 1986
On page 1 of Yoko Ono’s published John Lennon catalogue, it states: “During 1986, Yoko Ono Lennon decided to share John’s artistic genius with the public by publishing the first in a series of prints entitled, ‘This Is My Story Both Humble and True,’ followed with ‘Bag One Continued...,’ ‘Dakota Days,’ ‘Karuizawa Series’ and ‘ai: Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes.’” On page 71-72, in the same catalogue under “Editions index,” all of the editions noted above including “Real Love” and “Lyrics” are listed as: “lithography,” “etching,” “woodcut” or “serigraphy.”

U.S. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
The problem is an artist must be alive to create lithographs or any original work of visual art. This is confirmed by the U.S. Customs’ April 2004 An Informed Compliance Publication titled Works of Art, Collector’s Pieces Antiques, and Other Cultural Property. In part, it states: “The expression “original engravings, prints and lithographs” means impressions produced directly, in black and white or in color, of one or of several plates wholly executed by the hand of the artist, irrespective of the process or of the material employed by him, but excluding any mechanical or photomechanical process.”

In otherwords, since John Lennon died in 1980, he obviously could not have “wholly executed” anything after 1986.

YOKO ONO
Yoko Ono’s overtly skewed perspective is clear when on page 1 of her John Lennon catalogue, it is written: “The OnoLennon collaboration is still taking place. Yoko has blended her art with John’s in the color renditions within this collection. She personally hand-colors maquettes of the original drawings, from which the atelier reproduces the shading for the final editions.”

The problem with Yoko Ono’s perspective is, under U.S. Copyright{6}, much less the laws of nature, you can’t collaborate with the dead.

For additional documentation on the -Artwork of John Lennon FRAUD-, please go to: garyarseneau.blogspot.com

FOOTNOTES:
1) On page 617 of the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, the term “fake” is defined as: “Something that is not what it purports to be.”
2) On page 679 of the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, “fraud” is defined as: “A knowing misrepresentation of the truth or concealment of a material fact to induce another to act to his or her detriment.”
3) Simon Schuster, Inc. Rockfeller Center, 630 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10020 - Copyright © 1964, 1965 by John Lennon
4) Random House Inc. - Copyright © 1999 by Yoko Ono Lennon
5) Page 72 of Yoko Ono’s published John Lennon catalogue
6) Visual Artist’s Rights Act (H.R. bill 5316) cited by Katherine M. Thompson on page 28 in the 1995 Visual Artist’s Business and Legal Guide

PRINCIPALS:
Yoko Ono, c/o Bag One Arts, 110 West 79th Street, New York, New York 10024 - (212) 595-5537
Legacy Fine Arts & Productions, 330 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 - (561) 651-1156
www.johnlennonartwork.com
Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 S. Coast Highway #112, Laguna Beach, California 92651 - (949) 494-0491
www.pacificedgegallery.com

ATLANTA,GA,MAY'07..
WELL..LIKE ALWAYS..EVERYTHING AROUND THEM IT TAKES THE SAME HARD WAY..
I'M SURPRISED BY THE "FAKE" AND "FRAUD" WORDS..BUT AT THE END OF THE THINGS "SHE'S THE LEGAL WIDOW" AND THEN..
THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT "THE JOHN LENNON'S ART-WORK" IS AT THIS TIME WELL KNOWN FOR A LOT MORE PEOPLE THAT USE TO BE..THAT'S THE SPECIFIC REASON FOR "THE ARTS"!!!
LIVE AND LET LIVE!!
*GOD BLESS YOU!!

John and Yoko definately spent time in this area back in the late '70's and perhaps in early '80. They had lunch in the country farmhouse kitchen of a friend of mine. His parents were established dairy farmers in the Shendandoah Valley and J&Y visited their herd, as they owned many dairy cows in Upstate New York and were still buying.

How is this news?

Whew! Sounds like a close call. C'ville has enough freaks as it is. Glad they took a pass.

Oh my GOD - Charlottesville is so full of itself. This is not the center of the frickin' universe. Just because DMB got their start here doesn't make it the music capital of the US. This place is full of a lot of crap musicians too. Just take a stroll down the mall sometime....

Seems like some angry folk inhabit this board. Ooooo.. poor poor pitiful you.

...Instant karma's gonna get you!

I imagine lots of musicians like NYC as well, but I haven't read anything in the New York Times that says, "Mick Jagger likes NYC!"

Cho liked Charlottesville too. He came to town and bought ammo.