Yoko Ono

Japanese, b. 1933

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Yoko Ono

Japanese, b. 1933

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Known for her experimental art, music, filmmaking, and feminism, as well as for her marriage to John Lennon, Yoko Ono was a major figure in the 1960s New York underground art scene, and she continues to produce work and make headlines today. Of several iconic conceptual and performance art pieces that Ono produced, the most famous is Cut Piece (1964), first performed in Tokyo, in which she kneeled on the floor of a stage while members of the audience gradually cut off her clothes. In the ’60s and ’70s Ono was associated with the Fluxus movement—a loose group of avant-garde Dada-inspired artists—and produced printed matter, such as a book titled Grapefruit (1964) containing instructions for musical and artistic pieces. Other works include Smoke Painting (1961), a canvas that viewers were invited to burn. John Cage was a major influence and collaborator for Ono, as was the godfather of Fluxus, George Maciunas.

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Biography

Known for her experimental art, music, filmmaking, and feminism, as well as for her marriage to John Lennon, Yoko Ono was a major figure in the 1960s New York underground art scene, and she continues to produce work and make headlines today. Of several iconic conceptual and performance art pieces that Ono produced, the most famous is Cut Piece (1964), first performed in Tokyo, in which she kneeled on the floor of a stage while members of the audience gradually cut off her clothes. In the ’60s and ’70s Ono was associated with the Fluxus movement—a loose group of avant-garde Dada-inspired artists—and produced printed matter, such as a book titled Grapefruit (1964) containing instructions for musical and artistic pieces. Other works include Smoke Painting (1961), a canvas that viewers were invited to burn. John Cage was a major influence and collaborator for Ono, as was the godfather of Fluxus, George Maciunas.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 18 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 10 more
Shows Featuring Yoko Ono
Articles Featuring Yoko Ono
Body Issues: Feminist Artists of the 1970s Used Art to Condemn Sexual Violence
Jan 14th, 2020
Body Issues: Feminist Artists of the 1970s Used Art to Condemn Sexual Violence
This Danish Mega-Collector Launched His Latest Private Museum in Brooklyn
Dec 19th, 2019
This Danish Mega-Collector Launched His Latest Private Museum in Brooklyn
8 Collectors and Curators Share the Art on Their Holiday Wish Lists
Nov 26th, 2019
8 Collectors and Curators Share the Art on Their Holiday Wish Lists
Yoko Ono’s 5 Most Iconic Works
Oct 26th, 2019
Yoko Ono’s 5 Most Iconic Works
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