Yoko Ono's 1961 artwork Painting to Hammer a Nail is a white painted wood panel with a hammer hanging from a chain attached to it, and a box of small nails sitting next to it.

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The title and the stray nails already in the board suggest that you should, in fact, use the hammer and hammer your own nail.

Last week when I was in the show I heard much hammering. And here's what the painting looked like at the end of the week, when last I saw it.


Well, it seems the storm of weekend visitors had other ideas. This is what Painting to Hammer a Nail looked like Monday morning.


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Yoko, what do you think?

And here's a sweet (true or not, I don't know) story about this piece, John, and an imaginary five shillings.

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