United States of America/Japan
Yoko Ono, born in Tokyo, Japan in 1933, established her career as one of the most influential pioneers of conceptual and performance artist in the 1960’s New York City’s avant-garde art scene. She has since developed a lifelong practice of subverting the established, and gently nudging us to stop and contemplate a truce in our lives.
Ono has had several exhibition retrospectives including the 1989 Whitney Museum of American Art, 2000 Japan Society Gallery in New York City, and more recently in 2015 at the New York City Museum of Modern Art. She has received several awards, including the 2001 award for International Association of Art Critics USA Award for Best Museum Show (one of the highest accolades in the museum profession and was exhibited around the world), a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale, and the Observer Ethical Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for activism over half a century.
Yoko Ono has previously participated in the 2005-2007 Vancouver Biennale exhibition, and will be reissuing her IMAGINE PEACE billboards for the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale re-IMAGE-n exhibition.