Heads up: Yoko Ono – To the Light
Cheer up! Yoko wants your smile at the Serpentine
What are we talking about? A new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, and online, this summer.
Elevator pitch Smile! It's Yoko Ono, bringing the world's grins to London.
Prime movers Yoko Ono, the artist, filmmaker, poet, peace activist and Beatle-lover.
The stars The artworks. There are her Skyladders, step ladders which take you that bit nearer the sky – and originally dedicated to John Lennon – while Apple (the withered fruit on a plinth) is likely to recall her famous other half, too. There are film works, including the queasy making Fly (a pretty literal title here, but recalling her 1971 album of the same name). There's also a large-scale interactive project called Smile, available online as part of the London 2012 festival as well as in the gallery. Anyone is welcome to upload an image of their smirk, to create a "global anthology of portraits".
The early buzz Time Out wrote, "Yoko Ono is as famous for her ongoing 50-year career as a multi-media conceptual and performance artist as she is for her marriage to a certain ex-Beatle. Her influence across the arts is celebrated in this exhibition of new and existing installations, films and performances from the 1960s to the present day." The Guardian acknowledges her, somewhat divisive, appeal: "How substantial an artist Yoko Ono is remains a question, though her impact on contemporary art has been described as enormous. She remains an enigmatic, annoying, captivating and charismatic figure, as this exhibition will doubtless confirm."
Insider knowledge The Smile project goes way back – Ono's been planning it since the 1960s: "In the last page of my Grapefruit book [from 1964] I asked for people to send in pictures of their smiles ... I thought it might take a while."
It's great that ... it'll give the public a chance to actually enjoy her work in its own right – for most people, she's more a name than an artist.
It's a shame that ... the Smile project risks just seeming like another cloying element of the Olympic celebrations, with its upbeat, box-ticking, "global spirit".
Hit potential A big name, and free entry, should secure a good level of public interest; "upload your smile" may catch the imagination, too.
The details Yoko Ono – To the Light is at the Serpentine Gallery, London W2, serpentinegallery.org, 19 Jun to 9 Sep.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Doctor Who film will definitely happen, leaked Sony emails reveal
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate