To the Family of Peace, On Hiroshima Day Let's: Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, and IMAGINE PEACE - so there will be No more Hiroshima or Nagasaki! Some people are thinking that IMAGINE PEACE is not working. Well, look around and think how many things are coming out. Without knowing the truth, we cannot create a truly peaceful world. It is a blessing that truth is coming out. Don't let fear overcome you. We are all together. I love you. yoko Yoko Ono, New York City. Hiroshima Day: 6 August 2010.
Many people believe that in this age, art is dead. They despise the artists who show in galleries and are caught up in the traditional art world. Artists themselves are beginning to lose their confidence. They don't know whether they are doing something that still has value in this day and age where the social problems are so vital and critical. I wondered myself about this. Why am I still an artist? And why am I not joining the violent revolutionaries? Then I realized that destruction is not my game. Violent revolutionaries are trying to destroy the establishment. That is good. But how? By killing? Killing is such an artless thing....
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."
THANKSGIVING MESSAGE by Yoko Ono Dear Friends, John and I, the new members of the new found land, so to speak, loved celebrating Thanksgiving. To Sean, Daddy John told the story of how the American Indians taught us to make Turkey dinner with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie... well, the pie may have been inspired [...]
I met Stefan Wolpe in the late 50’s when he lived in his upper Westside apartment with Hilda, his beautiful partner. Stefan and Hilda often invited me to their home for tea. (I was also invited for dinners, too, but there, I must say, Hilda was not a very professional cook!) I loved the intellectual, [...]
NYLON Magazine recently asked people to write about an experience they have had in America. This was one of mine... love, yoko One beautiful spring, sometime in the '70s, John and I decided to go cross-country from New York to the Gold Coast (as we called San Francisco). We kept driving on the straightest road [...]
AFFIRMATION FOR PLANET PEACE by Yoko Ono Thank you, thank you, thank you Our planet is healthy and whole Every part of the planet is revitalized and healed. We, the people of Earth See clearly, Hear clearly, Think clearly. Express and communicate our thoughts clearly Spiritually, mentally, and physically. For the benefit of ours and [...]
#smilesfilm by Yoko Ono My ultimate goal in film-making is to make a film which includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world. Of course, I cannot go around the whole world and take the shots myself. I need cooperation from something like the post offices of the world. If anybody [...]
I'LL BE BACK by yoko ono, June '09 I was walking into the Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern, the last day of my stay in London. Suddenly the Manifesto of Futurism hit my eyes. 1. We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness 2. Courage, audacity, and revolt will be [...]
ONOBOX DISC 1: LONDON JAM This disc represents '68 to '71. It's the Ascot London - Briefly Visiting New York Period. At the time, I was an avant-garde composer obsessed with the sound of music in my head and in no one else's. In the avant-garde, I jammed with top musicians like John Cage, David [...]
A SIMPLE ARITHMETIC by yoko ono '09 The economic shock woke us all up. Now we have to get off our high horse, and become real. So let me present you with a simple arithmetic. When two people separate in bad faith, they don't just become two separate energies. A negative energy of anger, disappointment [...]
Cool and Sweet Dessert Gather all your favorite fruits of the season. Make a fruit soup out of them. Freeze it in the freezer for the night, until it becomes icecubes. Cut the ice cubes and serve it with maple syrup and cinnamon. Make sure to chant an affirmation that this sweet desert will bring [...]
How would you describe the current stage in your artistic practice? What’s the relationship between art and life? My life is art. Art is my life. Any hobby besides art? Do you treat art practice as your work? All that entails in life is my hobby. How would you describe change in your practice from [...]
On New Year's Eve 2008, a MySpace friend wrote to me and asked: "What can I do to help the Peace Movement?" This was my reply: Dear Jake This is an age where one hero cannot conquer Evil. Evil is a dis-ease presented to us as our fate. Many times, it is presented to us [...]
IMAGINE PEACE love, yoko you can download full-size versions to print out here: A3 size | A4 size.
The Iceland Post Company recently published a book on Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in cooperation with the artist. The tower was erected on Reykjavík’s Viðey island on October 9, 2007, in the memory of her late husband John Lennon. The 100-page book, simply entitled IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, contains a wealth of information on Ono’s [...]
Hi, my friends! Now, I'm in Tokyo for the annual Dream Power Concert. The top Japanese rockers play and sing John's songs each year. All the proceeds of the concert go to building schools in Africa and Asia. Mainly in Africa. This is the eighth year of this concert, and, in seven years, we have [...]
Dear Friends How I reacted the night Obama became president: Just crying...like most people on the streets of N.Y, or in the world that night, from joy...and other complex emotions which had to do with the work we all did for the longest years trusting in miracles. I had a strong urge for John to [...]