Yoko Ono to debut solo art, music in India

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New Delhi: Japanese artist-activist and musician Yoko Ono, wife of late Beatles` star John Lennon is bringing her art and music to India for a debut display in the country.

An exhibition "Our Beautiful Daughters" comprising avant -garde work by the New York based artist will be showcased at different places in the city.

"Yoko Ono has established herself as a performance artist and has performed all around the world. She has evolved performances and for India she will be hosting something special," Parul Vadhera, director, Vadhera Art Gallery who is hosting the artist in India told PTI.

Works of the 78-year-old feminist artist, who had visited India with husband Lennon after her marriage in 1969, will be shown from January 13 to March 10, 2012 at venues across Delhi including interventions in public spaces.

The iconic artist, who was associated with the global Fluxus art movement of the 1960s, would also present a performance art in Delhi on January 15, 2012 and participate in the India Art Fair in the same month.

Ono, who explores conceptual and live art work, created a controversy when her "Cut Piece" was performed in London. The performance piece involved the artist kneeling on stage and inviting audience members to cut through her draped garment till she was nude.

In one of her earliest conceptual artwork "Painting to Be Stepped On", Ono spread scrap of canvas on the floor to be painted, trampled on or scratched and in the process took art off the high walls and made it approachable to the common man.

Parul Vadehra says, "We approached Yoko Ono through a common person. She is interested in coming to India and meeting people here and interacting with them"

The artist herself is quite excited about her visit to the country. "John and I visited India together and enjoyed it very much. My show, `Our Beautiful Daughters`, is a tribute to Indian women who are intelligent, loving and caring of the future of their country," she told media.

During her trip Ono may also exhibit her "Wish Tree" that has has played a significant part in many of Yoko Ono`s exhibitions since the 1990s. Her "Wish Tree," installed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in July 2010, has become very popular, with contributions from all over the world.

People are invited to write their wishes on paper and hang it on a tree, a sort of collective prayer that Ono says she had participated in Japan. "As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people`s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar."

Her "Wish Tree" for Washington, DC is in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. "We cannot reveal specifics of Ono`s work to be displayed here but she will be producing something very special for India," says Vadhera.

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