Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase. Yoko. Guggenheim Museum Ono.
Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase
Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase
Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase
Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase

Promise piece-bones. With four signed fragments of a large, shattered Chinese vase

New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2006. This performance concluded "Nam June Paik: a memorial tribute," at the Guggenheim on April 26, 2006. After an introduction by John G. Harnhardt* and presentations by Thomas Krens, Ken Paik Hakuta*, Merce Cunningham, Shigeko Kubota*, Shuya Abe*, Jonas Mekas, Russell Connor*, David A. Ross*, Wulf Herzogenrath*, and Lisa Philips, Michael Wilson described the final event in Artforum Diary as follows: "Finally, after two helpers in head-to-toe black and ninja masks had carried a large canvas of a vase to the front of the stage and unrolled a canvas bag heavy with ceramic fragments, Ono walked on and took a seat. A soundtrack of birdsong faded out and, after a burst of dissonant song, she announced: 'The vase has been broken into 450 pieces. Take one home and promise to think of Nam June.' She took out her knitting (I'm not making this up), and the crowd began to mass around her and claim their (signed) fragments before filtering out into the night." One of those fortunate people was Helene Verin, who gathered four pieces, plus her ticket and a somewhat wrinkled program signed by seven of the eleven participants (indicated in the list above by an asterisk; the signature of Shigeko Kubota, Paik's widow, appears on the front). The vase must have been at least three or four feet tall. The pieces are 8.5 mm thick (5/16-inch). In their largest dimensions they measure as follows, reading clockwise from the upper left: 12.4 x 5.6 cm; 7 x 4.3 cm; 11 x 7.8 cm; 9.4 x 6 cm. The two lefthand pieces appear to be different in shape in the two views because the inner, signed parts display significant curvature. The photograph of Yoko was taken at the event by Helene Verin.
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