Wednesday, August 26, 2015
MOMA exhibit: Yoko Ono Finally Gets the Solo She Deserves
When Beatle John Lennon, artist Yoko Ono’s third husband, was shot and killed in 1980, Ono went into deep mourning. As part of her three-month grieving process, she consumed only chocolate and mushrooms. After seeing Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), this retreat into neutral monochromatics and narrow food choices made complete sense. Ono’s choice of palate is exceedingly spare — though her innate language and tools are vastly complex. Her art is primarily conceptual, secondarily sonic, followed by text-based works, and, lastly, moving images. Her roots come from Fluxus-inspired conceptual art, as well as Japanese traditional practices like brush painting and calligraphy, Zen, and early black-and-white cinema.