The London Arts Group, with fine arts galleries in London, New York, and Detroit, will stage the world premiere of Beatle John Lennon’s first portfolio of original lithographs on Wednesday, January 14, at the London Arts Gallery, 22 New Bond Street, London. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, January 31.
Lennon, who lately has received worldwide publicity for his peace efforts, is turning to a new artistic career. The images in the album are based on his wedding to Yoko Ono and detail the intimate and erotic scenes from their honeymoon. Shrouded in Surrealist imagery, Lennon’s art speaks of life and reality, not mere pornography.
The portfolio, containing 14 images, is an edition of 300, packaged in a white portfolio bag, and published by Consolidated Fine Arts. This exhibition is part of a series to be seen at the London Arts Gallery this year: others include Pierre Alechinsky (February 18 – March 18), Roberto Matta, and Julian Stanczak.
The London Arts Group incorporates many fields of artistic activity. Dealers in the paintings and sculpture of internationally known artists, the London Arts Group is also one of the largest distributors of original prints in the world, their prints ranging from 15th-century Old Master examples to selections of 19th and 20th-century modern masters such as Renoir, Picasso, and Chagall. They are the publishers of the graphic works of over 80 contemporary artists, including Appel, Alechinsky, Calder, Ernst, and Matta.
The London Arts Group visits universities, art centers, and museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, their exhibitions usually lasting two to three days during which time people may buy pieces directly out of the show.
London Arts Benefits operates as an affiliate of charitable organizations who wish to raise money by holding a benefit art exhibition. The London Arts Group also acts as an advisor for major corporate collections; represented are Atlantic Richfield, New York, Smith Barney, and Michigan Bell Telephone.
Through such a wide range of activity, London Arts has furthered a new marketing principle whereby fine art is made available to the public.