36. Yoko Ono. "Ceiling Painting," 1966.
Published here in: Yoko Ono. Have you seen the horizon lately? Oxford: Museum of Modern Art Oxford, 1997. First edition.
Sloane Art Library.

Yoko Ono's poetry has often taken the form of "Instruction Pieces," wherein she (like Johnson) asks the reader to perform certain actions — for instance, "Scream. 1. against the wind. 2. against the wall. 3. against the sky." In "Ceiling Painting," no instructions are given: however, the viewer is presented with a picture frame on the ceiling, a stepladder beneath it, and a magnifying glass hanging from a chain. The viewer who climbs the ladder and looks through the magnifying glass to see what is framed on the ceiling finds a single word printed in tiny letters: YES. The word is only part of the poem, as it is the reward for the actions performed in order to read it. All of the viewer's thoughts and emotions leading up to, and following, the revelation of the picture frame's content may be considered parts of the poem as well.

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