YOKO ONO

“AN INVISIBLE FLOWER”

見えない花 AN VISIBLE FLOWER 1952/ 2011 Solegraph on Japanese Paper 13.0 × 20.9 cm © Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono’s practice has always stimulated our imagination through words and gestures, offering viewers a sense of release from their daily routines. 8/ ART GALLERY/ TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY will present an editioned work of ‘AN INVISIBLE FLOWER’, which Ono created at the age of 19. The original work was shown to the public for the first time at her solo exhibition ‘YOKO ONO: FROM MY WINDOW’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2015-2016). It is comprised of a collection of drawings, paired with poetic English texts and images. In these works, we see the artist’s fresh sensibility unfold into her art practice. Under the supervision of her son, Sean Ono Lennon, these digital printed works were created using contemporary techniques, while remaining faithful to the originals. This work is a new addition to Ono’s oeuvre, in both imaging and writing, and is a limited box set of 351.It seemed like the story had been written about my dad, but it was dated ten years before they had even met. I felt like I was in a time warp. Was Smelty John supposed to be Dad? (…) I read the story and realizing these drawings had never been published, I thought it might be a good beginning for Chimera Library. I had the work recreated, every page exactly as it had been drawn. It seemed it had to be done that way. As I was doing it, I couldn’t help wondering what Dad would have thought. (Sean Ono Lennon, YOKO ONO/ AN INVISIBLE FLOWER (SPECIAL BOX EDITION), Chimera Library, 2013)

Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933 and moved to New York with her family in 1953. She has continued to hold exhibitions and performances since then, and kept producing strikingly original works of art on a global scale. She held a vast number of exhibitions to date, including the major retrospective show “YES YOKO ONO” which toured museums globally from 2000-2004. “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” (MoMA New York, 2015) and “YOKO ONO: FROM MY WINDOW” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015-16) were highly acclaimed. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, she received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2011, she won the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize. This show, her second solo exhibition with Tomio Koyama Gallery, will take place at the gallery’s Kitasando and Shibuya Hikarie spaces concurrently.

Her exhibitions with the gallery since 2011, will be exhibited across both the gallery’s spaces: “Garasu no kado” presenting new works will take place at Tomio Koyama Gallery and “AN INVISIBLE FLOWER” showcasing edition works will be held at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery.

Artist Profile

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was born in Toyo in 1933 and after finishing her study in philosophy in Japan, she moved to New York in 1953 and became part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. Since the 1960’s Ono has had many exhibitions and performances around the world, many of which are now historically well remembered for their contributions to the progress of art history. Ono’s artistic formats have varied from fine art, music, film, performance, and poetry and she has influenced key artistic movements including, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Video Art and Feminism.

She has had numerous museum exhibitions. Recent large-scale museum shows include “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971” at MOMA in 2015, and “YOKO ONO : FROM MY WINDOW” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2015. In the 2000’s, “Y E S YOKO ONO”, organized by the Japan Society in New York traveled to 6 cities in North America from 2000-2002 and also traveled in Asia from 2003 to 2004, including 5 cities in Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Hiroshima Contemporary Art Museum, Mito Art Center etc.) In 2009 Ono participated in the Venice Biennale where she received the prestigious Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement. She received the award “the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize” and held a solo exhibition The Road of Hope in 2010.