ONO, Yoko; Kishin SHINOYAMA. Double Fantasy. New York: Taschen, 2015.
Folio., cloth boards with print of Yoko and John to upper cover; lettered in black to spine; housed in the original matching clamshell case, lined in emerald green velvet and embossed to upper cover; black lettering to upper cover and spine; together with the original box; pp. 175, numerous full-page glossy photographs; near-mint.
Limited to a total of 1,980 numbered copies signed by Yoko Ono and Kishin Shinoyama, this copy numbered 1389.
Renowned for his sensual, provocative images, Kishin Shinoyama is one of Japan’s most controversial and acclaimed artists, at once hailed by critics and charged for public indecency...Shinoyama is particularly recognized for his work with pop icons and celebrities, and the rare, private moments he captures with very public personalities. Through his lens, world-famous faces often reveal an unexpected openness and vulnerability.
This capacity for ease and intimacy is perhaps most poignantly expressed in his beautiful series of photographs of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, shot at Ono’s request for the cover and promotion of the couple’s celebrated 1980 album, Double Fantasy, just three months before Lennon’s untimely death. Now, over 30 years later, these images—many of them never seen before—still resonate with a remarkable freshness and honesty, immortalizing the iconic couple at a pivotal moment in their personal and creative relationship. Taschen.