“Grapefruit” is a collection of haiku-like instructions and observations presented in Yoko Ono’s raw, playful, and slightly ironic tone that is at once full of whimsy and polemic seriousness. Much like the era that “Grapefruit” was written, the book’s direction is uninhibited and even wild, but full of meaning and intention. Simple, disparate everyday objects, actions and ideas are brought together in unlikely partnerships and are phrased as assignments to re-contextualize as performance. These “event scores” suggest musicality and like musical scores, they are open to variation and interpretation. “Grapefruit” seems to propose that art can be as simple as the execution of a reduced set of rules and instructions.
Due to the vintage nature of this book some minor wear is to be expected. This hard-to-find cover was published in 1971 and includes an introduction by John Lennon.