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Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies

by Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky

Published by Amulet / Abrams, 2013
177 pages
ISBN: 978-1-41977-0444-4

Age 14 and older

Artist. Musician. Feminist. Visionary. Activist. This arresting look at Yoko Onoís life, art, and music begins with her childhood of economic privilege, although the years of World War II in Japan were hard ones. By the time she came to back to the United States at age twenty (she had lived here for a time as a young child), she was interested in a career in music but her creativity and vision couldnít be contained in a single form or genre. She worked in music and words and images and objects and above all ideas, breaking down boundaries between artist and audience as a pioneer in the areas of performance and conceptual art. The authors provide an accessible, intelligent look at Ono as a singular, visionary artist constantly challenging herself, constantly experimenting, and constantly demanding that the audience be part of the artistic process to complete the meaning of her works (she believes that everyone is an artist). As seen here, Ono and John Lennon were kindred spirits with similar humor and intelligence and vision. Their lives together were lively and challenging by turns early on with their activism and their year-long break-up, but eventually settled into something that sustained them both until Johnís tragic death. Vilified by the public and media in the yearís before he died, Ono was embraced in the aftermath, and both responses demonstrate the fickleness of celebrity culture, just one of many fascinating aspects of this inspiring work. Ample photographs are included in a beautifully designed book that draws from rich source material, including original interviews, all of which are cited. (MS) ©2013 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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