Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist whose thought provoking work challenges people's understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, her work as a conceptualist has encompassed performance, instructions, film, music and writing.
Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 50s, she had become part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft to a series of radical performance work, and exhibited realizations of some of her early conceptual works there.
In 1961, she had a one-person show at the legendary AG Gallery in New York of her Instruction Paintings, and later that year performed a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall of revolutionary works involving movement, sound, and voice. In 1962, she returned to Tokyo, where she extended her New York performance at the Sogetsu Art Center, and showed her Instructions for Paintings there.
In 1964 Yoko Ono performed Cut Piece in Kyoto and Tokyo, and published Grapefruit. The end of that year, she returned to New York, and in 1965 and 1966, performed another concert at Carnegie Recital Hall, participated in the Perpetual Fluxus Festival, and exhibited The Stone at the Judson Gallery, made the first version of Film No. 4 (Bottoms), as well as doing numerous other events throughout that year and a half.
In summer of 1966, she was invited to take part in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, and held one-person exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, and the next year at the Lisson Gallery. During this period, she also performed a number of concerts throughout England. In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace.
ONO has made a number of films, including Fly and Rape, and many records, including Fly, Approximately Infinite Universe, Rising, and most recently, Between My Head and the Sky co-produced with son Sean Lennon, on his Chimera Music label. In 2007, she created Imagine Peace Tower On Viðey Island in Iceland. She has had numerous exhibitions in museums, including traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and the Japan Society in New York. In 2009, she exhibited Anton’s Memory at the Bevilacqua Foundation in Venice, and received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale.
In 2011, Ono was honored with the prestigious 8th Hiroshima Art Prize, and opened the one-person exhibition The Road Of Hope at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, she completed solo exhibitions Uncursed at Galerie Lelong in New York City, LIGHT at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, and in early 2012 Our Beautiful Daughters at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Dehli. This summer Ono will have her first solo exhibition in London in more than a decade, TO THE LIGHT, at London’s Serpentine Gallery.
- TO THE LIGHT Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
- Grapefruit Modern Museet, Stockholm, SE
- Our Beautiful Daughters Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, IN
- LIGHT Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JP
- UNCURSED Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
- The 8th Hiroshima Art Prize, YOKO ONO: THE ROAD OF HOPE Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP
- Yoko Ono: Smile Gallery 360, Tokyo, JP
- DAS GIFT Haunch of Venison, Berlin, DE
- I'll Be Back Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, IT
- Yoko Ono: A Hole Gallery 360, Tokyo, JP
- Anton's Memory Foundazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT
- Fly The Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN
- Between the Sky and my Head BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
- Fly Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, CN
- Fly Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Yoko One: En Trance Towada City Project, Towada, JP
- Between the Sky and my Head Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, DE
- touch me Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
- Instructions for Paintings (Photostat Version) 1962/1964 Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, DE
- Sognare Santa Caterina Museum, Treviso, IT
- Horizontal Memoires Centro Cultural Banco di Brasil, Sao Paulo, BZ
- Yoko Ono: Open City Kasa Galeri, Istanbul, TR
- Heal Galerie Davide Di Maggio, Berlin, DE
- Wake M3- Gelerie Giancula Ranzi, Antwerp, BE
- Yoko Ono Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, DE
- Horizontal Memoires Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH
- Horizontal Memories Astrup Fearnley Museet for Modern Kunst, Oslo, NO
- YES Yoko Ono The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, JP
- Odyssey of a Cockraoch Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
- YES Yoko Ono Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP
- YES Yoko Ono Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima, JP
- Yoko Ono Remember Love Kulturhuset, Stockholm, SE
- Women's Room Museum Kampa, The Jan and Meda Mladek Foundation, Prague, CZ
- YES Yoko Ono Art Tower Mito ATM, Mito, JP
- Odyssey of a Cockraoch Deitch Projects, New York, USA
- Freight Train The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA
- Women's Room Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
- YES Yoko Ono Rodin Gallery, Seoul, KR
- Freight Train P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
- YES Yoko Ono Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), Miami, USA
- YES Yoko Ono Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA
- YES Yoko Ono San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
- YES Yoko Ono MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA
- YES Yoko Ono Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
- Herstory Galerie Vostell, Berlin, DE
- YES Yoko Ono Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
- YES Yoko Ono Japan Society, New York, USA
- Four Season and Film Stills Ubu Gallery, New York, USA
- Freight Train Galerie Vostell, Berlin, DE
- Yoko Ono: Ebro Palace of Sastago, Zaragoza, ES