Yoko Ono, ‘Suite of Seven (7) Unbroken Teacups and Saucers’, 2015, Alpha 137 Gallery
Yoko Ono, ‘Suite of Seven (7) Unbroken Teacups and Saucers’, 2015, Alpha 137 Gallery

Yoko Ono's Mended Cups bring poetry and soulful optimism to the daily ritual of drinking coffee. By linking broken objects to physical wounds and emotional loss, Ono celebrates the process of healing and starting over. The seven-cup collection features six cups with a painted pattern of delicate cracks. They are inspired by the Japanese Kintsugi technique of repairing broken pottery with lacquer that is dusted or mixed with powdered gold. Each cup has its own saucer, which features a handwritten inscription of the date and location of six tragic events in modern history: Guernica, New York City, Hiroshima, Nanking, My Lai, Dresden, The seventh cup, however, is whole, and its saucer bears Ono's inscription "This cup will never be broken as it will be under your protection." Hand wash only. New in original packaging.

Manufacturer: Illy Art Collection

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