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Yoko Ono

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"If one billion people in the world think peace--we'll get peace. You may think, 'well, how are we going to get one billion people to think peace?' Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Power works in mysterious ways. You don't have to do much. Visualize the domino effect and just start thinking peace. Thoughts are infectious. Send it out. The message will circulate faster than you think. It's time for action. The action is peace. Spread the word. Spread peace."
Yoko Ono, excerpted from Yoko Ono: Between the Sky and My Head

"Our emotional memory creates reality. And we are totally insecure now, because of the memory of our cruelty and atrocity we exercised on others. The sign is there already. The proof is what we create. We are creating smaller and smaller communication machinery--Blackberry for instance. It's hard for your fingers to work on it. A machinery of communication is one of the most important emotional properties, yet we are doing that. That's because we think we want to shrink--protect ourselves physically. Let's be tiny. Almost invisible. Wouldn't that be nice?!
They say, in the end it will only be cockroaches that survive. It's not that cockroaches will survive, it's us who become cockroaches and survive. That's what I think. We will be cockroaches for our emotional survival. That's what I think."

Excerpted from a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist in The Conversation Series.

               

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Yoko Ono: To the Light

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN
Foreword by Yoko Ono. Text by Alexandra Munroe. Chrissie Iles. Interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Pbk, 8.75 x 975 in. / 96 pgs / 4 color / 40 bw. | 10/31/2012 | In stock
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Yoko Ono: The Other Rooms

CHARTA/WUNTERNAUM PRESS

Clth 5.5 x 5.5 in. / 252 pgs. | 1/31/2010 | In stock
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Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yoko Ono: The Conversation Series

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN
Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 96 pgs / 16 bw. | 3/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9783865606525 | $27.00


Yoko Ono: Between the Sky and My Head

WALTHER KöNIG
Edited by Thomas Kellein.

Hbk, 6.75 x 9.75 in. / 208 pgs / 168 color / 15 bw. | 3/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9783865605313 | $45.00


Yoko Ono: Touch Me

CHARTA
Text by Yoko Ono.

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Yoko Ono: An Invisible Flower

CHIMERA MUSIC

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Yoko Ono: Grapefruit

SIMON & SCHUSTER

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Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show

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Yoko Ono: Odyssey Of A Cockroach

DEITCH PROJECTS
Artwork by Yoko Ono.

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Yoko Ono: To the LightYoko Ono: To the Light

Published by Walther König, Köln.
Foreword by Yoko Ono. Text by Alexandra Munroe. Chrissie Iles. Interview by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

As a pioneering conceptual artist, performance artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer and peace activist for over five decades, Yoko Ono (born 1933) has influenced several generations of artists, musicians and cultural workers across the globe. Throughout her career, Ono has explored an incredible range of media, coining new kinds of artistic genres--most notably with her instruction pieces, which she began making in the 1950s and continues to devise today. Yoko Ono: To the Light accompanies the artist’s major 2012 overview at the Serpentine Gallery in London (a city to which she has longstanding ties). In her introduction, Ono explains the book and show’s title: “We are now at the 13th hour, facing the future together in which we may destroy ourselves or go on to create our heaven on earth. For the Serpentine Gallery, I selected pieces which had the strongest vibration to take us to the light.” In accord with this utopian emphasis, Ono is also presenting #smilesfilm, a worldwide participatory project, as part of her exhibition. Conceived as a way of connecting people across the world, users are invited to upload images of their smiles via Twitter and Instagram, creating a global string of smiles. Included in this volume are reproductions of installations, films and performances, plus archival material relating to several key early works. Yoko Ono: To the Light is a concise introduction to the vast scope of this era-defining artist’s many endeavors.

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Yoko Ono: The Other RoomsYoko Ono: The Other Rooms

Published by Charta/Wunternaum Press.

The Other Rooms is a sequel to Yoko Ono's Grapefruit, a now classic artist's book that was first published in 1964 and became a cult classic following its wider distribution after 1970. Matching the satisfyingly compact size of Grapefruit, and beautifully bound in white cloth, The Other Rooms is conceived as a series of rooms that unfold the story of, in the words of the artist, “the life of a woman seeing through the eyes of her son.” On page after page, or room after room, Ono walks the reader through her unique expression of motherly utopian pedagogy, providing observations and instruction “pieces” such as the following, for “Balance Piece”: a) Politicians should wear pink transparent loose robes or pajama-like outfits without the bottoms at all times. b) A priest should wear a bright red suit with one sleeve and bell-bottom pants with his penis exposed at all times. c) The army should wear drag (cocktail party-type flair skirts) and high-heel shoes with jewelry (earrings, etc.) Other sequences simply describe imaginary rooms, and invite the reader to inhabit them, or suggest new approaches to tasks such as gardening, or to one's hometown, all in the serenely open style for which Ono is so famed. The Other Rooms is joyfully interactive in this sense, finding ways “to open doors… where there are no doors.”

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Hans Ulrich Obrist & Yoko Ono: The Conversation SeriesHans Ulrich Obrist & Yoko Ono: The Conversation Series

Vol. 17

Published by Walther König, Köln.
Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

In this volume, Hans Ulrich Obrist elicits from New York art veteran Yoko Ono a portrait of her life and career that is unprecedented in detail. Across five interview sessions, Obrist quizzes Ono about her earliest works in visual art and music in Japan, her musical development in New York, her friendship with John Cage, her Fluxus days, the founding of the new state of Nutopia with John Lennon and her ongoing campaigns for world peace and human rights. Ono also recounts here the genesis of her installations and performances, so many of which have since become classics of their genre. Throughout these discussions with Obrist, in which architects and artists such as Rem Koolhaas and Gustav Metzger also participate, this icon of twentieth-century culture shows herself to be a generous and smart personality, and a multifaceted artist of enormous influence.

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Yoko Ono: Between the Sky and My HeadYoko Ono: Between the Sky and My Head

Published by Walther König.
Edited by Thomas Kellein.

In 1965, The New York Times called Tokyo-born, New York-based Fluxus artist Yoko Ono "a one person culture explosion." In this generous volume, Ono presents instruction pieces from 1961 to the present, including three scores from her iconic 1964 artist's book, Grapefruit--"Drinking Piece for Orchestra," "Bicycle Piece for Orchestra" and "Painting to Be Slept On"--which are republished here for the first time. Ono has explained the origin of these works: "...sometimes for financial reasons, sometimes for technical difficulties, I could never realize all the ideas which were literally bombarding me. But now, I could just write instructions. It freed me." Also included are more than 100 drawings from Franklin Summer, a series begun in 1994, comprising 1,400 inkblot drawings on paper, and Vertical Memory (1997)--dedicated to Ono's father--a photograph in 21 parts depicting a distorted face. The piece, which Ono considers her best, is a culmination of her life's work.

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Yoko Ono: Touch MeYoko Ono: Touch Me

Published by Charta.
Text by Yoko Ono.

From the earliest days of her career, Yoko Ono has found practical solutions for dismantling the walls that art throws up around its objects. Her Cut Piece of 1964, reprised in 2003 (and documented herein), remains an ever-relevant act of role reversal and vulnerability. Touch Me is a suite of sculptural works that are activated and completed by the tactile participation of the viewer, with the same conceptual simplicity that characterizes so much of Ono's activity. "Touch Me I," for example, utilizes a sheet of fabric with numerous apertures, through which viewers are encouraged to peer, insert or reveal a body part, photograph it and add the Polaroid to a wall of similar contributions. This book documents these playfully interactive works, as well as other new and historical works by the artist. But--unlike so many books on performance-oriented art, which merely document--it is also a beautifully composed bookwork, reproducing Ono's classic instructions for the execution of her works alongside photographs and comments on the hopes and fears of her art in the present political climate.

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Yoko Ono: Odyssey Of A CockroachYoko Ono: Odyssey Of A Cockroach

Published by Deitch Projects.
Artwork by Yoko Ono.

“The twentieth century was a century in which human experiment in cruelty reached its height. I have decided to be a cockroach for a day, and see what is happening in this city through its eyes.” These words from Yoko Ono, a groundbreaking visionary in the art world for over 50 years, is her manifesto-like description of the thoughts and ideas that went into Odyssey of a Cockroach. This elegant catalogue, with more than 40 color reproductions of the related exhibit, leads its readers through her installation through Ono's exciting narrative.

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Yoko Ono: An Invisible FlowerYoko Ono: An Invisible Flower

Published by Chimera Music.

This special boxed edition of Yoko Ono: An Invisible Flower is a work of previously unpublished pastel drawings and words by Yoko Ono from 1952, reproduced true to the original with SOLEGRAPH digital art printing. The original drawings were made on folded sheets of letter paper. Each box is numbered and signed by Ono.

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Edition Size: 351 + 5 APs
Box Size: 220mm x 297mm x H40mm
Contents: message x 1, Index x 1, Art x 39 (printed on Japanese paper).

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Yoko Ono: GrapefruitYoko Ono: Grapefruit

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Back in print for the first time in nearly thirty years, here is Yoko Ono's whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life.

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Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind ShowYoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show

Published by Prestel.

On the occasion of Yoko Ono's 80th birthday, this retrospective volume showcases the enormous diversity and reach of her work of the past 60 years. Yoko Ono is an established avant-garde artist whose work spans installations, object, film, photography, and music. Named after her renowned 1967 exhibition Half a Wind at London's Lisson Gallery, this volume features Ono's most important projects. It also includes photographs of Ono surrounded by her art, either as creator or participant, as well as her billboards, "instructions," letters, invitations to her performances, and exhibition posters. Paying special tribute to her work of the 1960s and 1970s, this publication reveals Ono's influence on the avant-garde art movement--from Fluxus to performance--and highlights her timeless efforts on behalf of world peace.

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