Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Ono has built a career mainly in the field of performance art, however, she is a very talented singer, songwriter and peace activist too. Back in the day she was also best known for being The Beatles star John Lennon's wife - they were married from 1969 until John's murder, in 1980.
Yoko Ono has been preserving John Lennon's legacy
Yoko Ono, who usually performs in both English and Japanese, has been involved in New York City's artists scene for many decades. Did you know that she actually met John Lennon at one of her own art exhibitions in the 1960's?
Yoko Ono is highly passionate about conceptual art, she has also been working with Neo-Dadaism and avant-garde art groups such as Fluxus. As Lennon's widow, she has preserved his legacy in the past years; she funded, for instance, the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, and the John Lennon Museum in Japan, which is unfortunately now closed.
What is John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono doing now?
Only last year, Yoko Ono participated in New York's Lower Manhattan's River to River Festival, where she presented her installation Add Color (Refugee Boat) (1960/2019). The work features a white room with a rowing boat in it, covered by drawings and messages of people who have attended the festival over the past years!
Five quick facts about Yoko Ono
- Her name translates into English as "Ocean Child"!
- She is also a very talented musician who has released more than 10 albums
- After John Lennon was murdered, she took a picture of his bloodstained eyeglasses which was eventually sold for thousands of dollars
- Yoko Ono was good friends with successful artists including Andy Warhol and Keith Haring
- VH1 included her in its list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll!