HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOKO
Not enough people know about all Yoko’s amazing creative and philanthropic work, so here are some key facts:
Yoko Ono is a Japanese Artist & Peace Activist, avant-garde artist, music and film maker.
She has made significant philanthropic contributions to arts, peace, Philippine disaster relief, and AIDS and autism outreach programs.
Ono brought feminism to the forefront in her music influencing artists as diverse as the B-52s and Meredith Monk. Her collaborative albums with Lennon — Live Peace in Toronto 1969 and 1972’s Some Time in New York City — reached No. 10 and No. 48 on the album charts respectively. (Double Fantasy from 1980, released three weeks before Lennon’s death, reached No. 1.) Since 2003, eleven of her songs, mostly remixes of her older work, have hit No. 1 on the US dance chart.
Ono has also remained on the forefront in activism, inaugurating a biennial $50,000 LennonOno Grant for Peace in 2002 and co-founding the group Artists Against Fracking in 2012. On March 20, 2013, she also tweeted an image of Lennon’s bloodied glasses to her then-3.7 million Twitter followers with the words, “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”
Retrospectives of her work were presented again at the Japan Society in New York City in 2001, Bielefeld, Germany, and the UK in 2008, and Frankfurt, Krems, Austria, and Bilbao, Spain in 2013. She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria’s highest award for applied contemporary art.
We salute you!