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Yoko Ono (American/Japanese, b.1933)
LOT ID: 74796
Box Of Smile, 1971

Mixed Media Sculpture Edition, Plastic with gold lettering & mirror
2 х 2 х 2 in. (5.08 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm.)
Stamped, with publisher's name, ReFLUX, on bottom
Edition of 1170
Foundry/Publisher ReFlux Editions
Lot description
One of Ono's signature pieces, a small plastic box with the title embossed on the top. When the viewer opens the container he sees his own reflection in the mirror, thus becoming apart of the piece. From an edition of 1170 unnumbered copies, these original plastic boxes were produced in 1971 by George Maciunas and gold-stamped at that time with the title and date. Beginning in 1984, these incomplete, empty boxes were completed with Ono's authorization.

During the 1960s, American-Japanese Fluxus artist, musician, author, activist Yoko Ono (b. 1933) pioneered the New Wave of the 1970s, and was instrumental in bringing the voice of feminism to mainstream music. Composer John Cage is known to have been an important influence in the development of the artist’s performance art, while George Maciunus promoted her artwork during the early years of Fluxus in the 1960s. Ono adopted the fly as her alter ego, and found inspiration in the miniature life-form. 'Fly' is also the name of the artist's second musical album, a double-album released in 1971, which included psychedelic rock and several Fluxus experiments. The artist is also recognized for her participation in the anti-war movement and her support for human rights. Recently, her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2012); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2011); Galerie Lelong, New York, NY (2011); Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany (2010); Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (2010); and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2009).


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tate Britain, London, England
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Box Of Smile by Yoko Ono
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