Painting To Shake Hands
Painting To Shake Hands

About Yoko Ono

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.

Japanese, b. 1933, Tokyo, Japan, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Yoko Ono "Garasu no kado", Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2015
Yoko Ono: Golden Ladders, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing
2015
Wish Tree Garden, Copenhagen Contemporary

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Indivisible Present, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
2015
Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris
2015
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2014
14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler