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Yoko Ono: To The Light - Serpentine Gallery

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Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.
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From the 19th of June till the 9th of September, the arguably iconic Yoko Ono brings her conceptual art show 'To The Light' across to the London audiences.

A cautious if not a little sporadic summers Sunday surrounded me as I walked through the bristling Kensington Gardens. Strolling towards the Serpentine Gallery, you couldn't move for frisbee catching dogs, or sad faced kids pining for the long lost dropped ice cream.

Filled with English park pride as I approach the Serpentine, I was greeted by the impressive Pavilion Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. Subtle as well as astonishing, the rain catching 'roof lake' was eye catching, even the slightly gimmicky cork seats were entertaining.

Leaving the Pavilion a pretty Yoko 'Wish Tree' sits just at the entrance to the Serpentine gallery, setting the mood for the possible delights inside.

Yoko Ono has seen criticisms from most corners of society, all be it manly from the musical one. Yet her struggling relationship with the Beatles faithful gives an everlasting audience to view her work, for the right and sometimes seemingly wrong reasons.

Obviously any work that hinted at a connection to John Lennon received large eager crowds. Yet the best of her installations were those that did not pull at the thread of her famous past.

In an artistic landscape where Damian Hurst plies his trade, you can see the parallels with aspects of Yoko's work. I wouldn't say that Yoko is on the cutting edge of artistic experimentation, but very much worth a visit.

Picture Courtesy of Balakov at fotospedia
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Why? A Chance to see why John Lennon fell in love with Yoko
When: 19th June to 9th September
Phone: 020 7402 6075
Where: Serpentine Gallery
Cost: Free
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