I really thought that this week, I'd surely blog a bunch about Art Detour.
While I highly encourage you to take a trip downtown this weekend, I must mention another art event that has a brief shelf life. And by brief, I mean, like, 3 days.
It's a traveling exhibition of the artwork of John Lennon. Yes, the John Lennon. From the Beatles. Yep, that one.
Being that he achieved astounding relevancy in his short life that lasts today, it's fitting that the guy wasn't just a one trick pony. John Lennon was a visual artist in addition to all the other amazing things he did.
"The Art of John Lennon" is showing at The Borgata of Scottsdale (next to Sweet Liberty). It's a free exhibition that features lithographs and seriographs of his drawings. Presented by his widow, Yoko Ono (who I freakin' love, btw) there will be pieces for sale. It's pretty obvious that this is all about making a dime, but, whatever. You can look at them for free and, dammit, I want to see the man's drawings.
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Lennon actually had a long time love affair with the visual arts and attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute before the Beatles hit it big. But his drive to draw wasn't just a hobby. In 1970, he exhibited a collection of his drawings and made limited edition lithographs to be sold in galleries. His lithographs made it into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York...that lends more than enough legitimacy to his work.
Plus, this is the kind of thing I totally get off on. I love questioning the source of such legitimacy. I won't barf up all my considerations of this topic on a blog, but, you can get more of an idea from this and this...assuming you're interested.
Wait, who am I kidding? Of course you are...oh, you!
"The Art of John Lennon" Presented by Yoko Ono runs from March 6-8 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at The Borgata of Scottsdale (next to Sweet Liberty), 6616 N. Scottsdale Rd. Call 1-800-477-5630 or visit www.lennonart.com.