Amsterdam: Galerie Taveerne p.96 and Galerie Podulke N.V., no date . [Exhibition Catalogue] FIRST THUS. Square octavo booklet (15 x 17cm), pp.. Fourteen lithographic images, with selections from Lennon's verse alphabet facing the plates. Publisher's glossy card covers with a black and white photographic image to the front, stapled twice. Internally clean, with some light handling and toning to covers. Very good. Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar. From 1957 to 1960 he studied at the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute; later he would not only write but also illustrate three books: In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The Works, and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (published posthumously). In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, he began working on a series of drawings called Bag One – a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon and their plea for world peace 'The Bed-In.' Both 'Wedding' and 'Bagism' themes would soon be immortalised in song; firstly in 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' by the Beatles: "Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton, talking in our beds for a week. The newspapers said, "Say what you doing in bed?" I said, "We're only trying to get us some peace,"" and then with the lyric "Ev'rybody's talking about Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism, This-ism, that-ism..." from 'Give Peace A Chance' by Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. The 'Bagism' theme reappeared in the extravagant LP package 'The Wedding Album' which contained obscure artefacts and a plain white vinyl bag. The resulting prints were exhibited in the London Art Gallery at 22 New Bond Street on 15th January 1970 for two weeks, but suffered a Police raid on the second day, resulting in the confiscation of 8 of the 14 items displayed, on the grounds of obscenity. The exhibition then moved to Amsterdam, where the catalogue was published. Item #57783
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