Oh No! Can You Help Police Trace Woman Who Stole Yoko Ono’s $17k Rock?

The stone was taken from the artist’s installation The Riverbed at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum

Yoko Ono, Frieze Talks, 2009

Yoko Ono, Frieze Talks, 2009

Yoko Ono, Frieze Talks, 2009

Police in Toronto are hunting for a woman who appears to have stolen a single stone from Yoko Ono’s installation at the Canadian city’s Gardiner Museum last month.

The rock has an insurance value of USD$17,500 and is part of Ono’s installation The Riverbed (2015), which features a heap of river stones shaped by water. 

The artwork is typical of Ono’s collaborative and participatory practice, with the museum stating: ‘Ono has inscribed some of the stones with words, such as dream, wish, and remember. Visitors are invited to pick up a stone and hold it, concentrating on the word, and then placing the stone upon the pile of other stones in the centre of the room.’

But one visitor went too far, and removed a rock from the show. The stone, which bears the words ‘love yourself’ in black ink, was taken from the museum on a Friday afternoon. A police officer told the Toronto Star that the suspect ‘just picked it up and walked away with it’.

The police are now searching for a woman, of 55-60 years of age, who appeared on security camera footage wearing a black coat and striped scarf, and have appealed to the public for information regarding the theft.

The museum describes Ono’s exhibition as ‘a temporary village, a repository of hopes and dreams for individuals and for the world’: it runs until 3 June.

Most Read

From Linder at the Women’s Library to rare paintings by Serge Charchoune, the exhibitions to see outside of the main...
The argument that ancestral connection offers a natural grasp of the complex histories and aesthetics of African art is...
Ahead of the 52nd edition of Art Cologne, your guide to the best shows to see in the city
‘I'm interested in the voice as author, as witness, as conduit, as ventriloquist’ – the artist speaks...
In further news: a report shows significant class divide in the arts; and Helen Cammock wins Max Mara art prize
A genre more associated with painting, an interest in the environment grounds a number of recent artists’ films 
A new report suggests that women, people from working-class backgrounds and BAME workers all face significant...
The divisive director out after less than six months by mutual consent
In further news: Gillian Ayres (1930-2018); Met appoints Max Hollein as director; Cannes announces official selection
With miart in town, the best art to see across the city – from ghostly apparitions to the many performances across the...
From Grave of the Fireflies to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the visionary director grounded fantasy with...
In further news: art dealer and Warhol friend killed in Trump Tower fire; UK arts organizations’s gender pay gap...
Emin threatened ‘to punch her lights out’, she claimed in a recent interview
As the Man Booker Prize debates whether to nix US writers, the ‘homogenized future’ some novelists fear for British...
‘Very often, the answer to why not would be: because you’re a girl’ – for this series, writer Fran Lebowitz speaks...
The artist is also planning a glass fountain of herself spouting her own blood
‘The difficulties are those which remain invisible’: for a new series, writer and curator Andrianna Campbell speaks...
With ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Glenn Adamson on the evolution of the music video – a genre Bowie...
Under a metahistorical guise, the filmmaking duo enact hidden tyrannies of the contemporary age
The area’s development boom isn’t just in luxury property – the art scene is determined to keep its place too
In further news: Laura Owens’s 356 Mission space closes; John Baldessari guest-stars in The Simpsons
With his fourth plinth commission unveiled in London, the artist talks archaeological magic tricks and ...
When dealing with abuse in the art industry, is it possible to separate the noun ‘work’ from the verb?

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

January - February 2018

frieze magazine

March 2018

frieze magazine

April 2018