Yoko Ono  (American/Japanese, 1933) 

Yoko Ono (Japanese, b.1933) is a musician, composer, and multimedia artist, most active in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. After Ono's family moved from Tokyo to Scarsdale, NY in the early 1950s, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. In 1955, she eloped with the composer Toshi Ichiyanagi and moved to Manhattan, where she joined circles and communities of avant-garde artists.

In the 1960s, Ono became one of the original members of the artist group Fluxus. She hosted performance pieces for fellow artists at her downtown apartment, and had solo performances and exhibitions of her own work at the Carnegie Recital Hall and the AG Gallery. In 1962, Ono returned to Tokyo, where she presented solo shows and concerts at the Sogetsu Art Center. She married American art promoter Tony Cox in 1963.

In 1964, Ono debuted Cut Piece, a performance in which she invited audience members to join her onstage and to cut off her clothing piece by piece. The performance is considered an early example of the burgeoning Feminist Art movement, and often described as one of Ono''''s most significant works. Many of Ono''''s most notable works are Conceptual and require the participation of viewers or audience members.

In 1966, Ono moved to London, where she met John Lennon at an exhibition of her work at the Indica Gallery. Their meeting marked the start of what would become a famous relationship, one that was both personal and professional due to their many artistic collaborations. Ono and Lennon were perhaps best known for their performance pieces, such as Bed-Ins (1969). When they invited the press into their honeymoon suite in March of 1969, they used the opportunity to discuss world peace while wearing their pajamas. The couple continued to work together on a variety of artistic projects until Lennon''''s death in 1980. Ono continues to exhibit her work today; her art has been displayed in many institutions, including the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Japan Society in New York.

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Yoko Ono, beach/bath towel, designed 2009


Yoko Ono
beach/bath towel, designed 2009
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Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace water bottle, designed 2012


Yoko Ono
Imagine Peace water bottle, designed 2012
Artware Editions
Yoko Ono, Play It By Trust


Yoko Ono
Play It By Trust

Carl Solway Gallery
Yoko Ono, The Doors


Yoko Ono
The Doors

Galerie Lelong - New York
Yoko Ono, Family Album Blood Objects


Yoko Ono
Family Album Blood Objects
Galerie Lelong - New York
Yoko Ono, Vertical Memory


Yoko Ono
Vertical Memory

Galerie Wild
Yoko Ono, Play it by Trust


Yoko Ono
Play it by Trust

Serge Ziegler Galerie
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Yoko Ono, Add color painting I love u


Yoko Ono
Add color painting I love u, 2004
acrylic on canvas laid on panel


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Yoko Ono, Galaxie


Yoko Ono
Galaxie, 1994
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Yoko Ono, Spots on the wall (2 works)


Yoko Ono
Spots on the wall (2 works), 1995
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1933   Born in Tokyo, Japan
1960   Staged loft events on Chambers Street with friend La Monte Young
1964   Performed Cut Piece, Yamaichi Concert Hall, Kyoto, Japan
1966   Met John Lennon of The Beatles, created film No. 4 (Bottoms)
1973   Released album, Approximately Infinite Universe
1982   Won Album of the Year Grammy for Double Fantasy with John Lennon and Jack Douglas
1995   Returned to music with son, Sean Lennon, and his band Ima Rising, released album "Rising"
2001   Released album, Blue Print For Sunrise
2003   Topped US dance music charts with a reworking of “Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him”, a song she co-wrote with John Lennon to support gay marriage
2005   Released book, Memories of John Lennon
2011   Yoko Ono: UNCURSED, Galerie Lelong - New York (solo)
2010   Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
Yoko Ono: Das Gift, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   Yoko Ono: Between The Sky and My Head, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace, JemaSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL (solo)
2008   Yoko Ono: Fly, Shanghai, China (solo)
Yoko Ono: Touch Me, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY (solo)
Yoko Ono: En Trance, Towada City Project, Towada, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Three Mounds of Earth, Hikawa-Akasaka Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Fly, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
Yoko Ono: Gallery 360 Degrees, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2007   Grapefruit, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
Yoko Ono: Open City, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace featuring John & Yoko's Year of Peace, Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH (solo)
2006   Heal Yoko Ono, Galerie Davide Di Maggio, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Wake Yoko Ono, M3 Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2005   Yoko Ono: Horizontal Memories, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Yoko Ono, Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany (solo)
2004   Yes Yoko Ono, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono at the Chelsea Art Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Yoko Ono: Remember Love, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2003   Yoko Ono: Freight Train, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (solo)
Yes Yoko Ono, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Yoko Ono: Women's Room, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
Yes Yoko Ono, Art Tower Mito, Mito City, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono, Art Hotel Blaue Gans, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2002   Yes Yoko Ono, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco, CA (solo); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (solo)
Yoko Ono: Impressions, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2001   Yes Yoko Ono, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Yoko Ono: Vertical Memory, Gallery 360, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2000   Yoko Ono, Palace of Sástago, Zaragoza, Spain (solo)
Yoko Onotajo, Museo Wolf Vostell Malpartida de Cáceres, Spain (solo)
Yoko Ono: The Four Seasons and Film Stills, Ubu Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Yoko Ono: Conceptual Photography, Thelsingör, Denmark (solo)
1997   Yoko Ono, Galleria 56, Budapest, Hungary (solo)
Yoko Ono and Fluxus, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Conceptual Photography, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1996   Yoko Ono: Fly, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (solo)
1994   Yoko Ono, Galerie A, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Yoko Ono: Original Paintings and Sculptures, The Frankel Collection, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Yoko Ono: Franklin Summer '94, Galerie und Edition Hundertmark, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1993   Yoko Ono: A Piece of Sky, Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
Yoko Ono: Waiting for the Sunrise, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1991   Yoko Ono: Peace! Fridur!, The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Iceland (solo)
1990   Currents: Yoko Ono, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo)
Yoko Ono: Objects, Films Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo)
Yoko Ono: In Facing, Riverside Studios, London, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Fumie, Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Painting to See the Skies, Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1989   Yoko Ono: Objects, Films, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Yoko Ono: The Bronze Age, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (solo)
FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Philip Samuels Fine Art, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1988   Yoko Ono: Three Events, Gallery of Art, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO (solo)
1971   This Is Not Here, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, NY (solo)
1968   Yoko Ono: Water Show Arts Lab Center, London, UK (solo)
Four Thoughts: Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Arts Lab Center, London, UK (solo)
1967   Yoko Ono: Plus Me, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1966   Yoko Ono, Indica Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1961   Paintings and Drawings by Yoko Ono, AG Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Asia Society, New York, NY
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Tate Britain, London, England
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
2008    Ono, Yoko. Yoko Ono: Touch Me. Milan: Edizioni Charta, 2008
Kellein, Thomas. Between the Sky and My Head. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2008
2007    Herzogenrath, Wulf and Frank Laukötter. Yoko Ono:Paintings 1960-1964. Germany: Kunsthalle, 2007