January 16, 2012
My art reflects my affair with Lennon: Yoko Ono
From the "world's most famous unknown artist" to the "woman who broke up the Beatles", Yoko Ono has had her share of bouquets and brickbats.The conceptual artist, who is putting up her maiden exhibition in India, says her work is an extension of her "karmic love affair" with late Beatles icon John Lennon."Yes...I met him at an art show. He was recording music at his studio on 3, Abbey Road. Number three is a number connected to music. He came to 6, Mason Yard where I was having my gallery show. Six is a number of love. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair, and karmic too," Ono told IANS in an interview during her visit to India.http://www.deccanherald.com/content/219590/my-art-reflects-my-affair.html
The New York Times International Tribune
January 15, 2012
At Yoko’s Show, Funeral Pyres and Tributes to Mommy
Yoko Ono’s first exhibition in India, called “Our Beautiful Daughters,” at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi, could also be called “Art Under Construction.” All seven exhibits in the show, which opened Thursday night, ask the spectators to participate in them.“Remember Us” on the first floor is the special installation Ms. Ono made for India, consisting of a large, dimly lit room with casts of beheaded, dismembered women’s bodies of different ages laid on pyrelike platforms. Small containers of ash at one end of the room seem to invite viewers to rub it on themselves or the bodies. At the end of the day, the bodies are covered with traditionally embroidered cloth made by Indian artisans – an important part of the art installation. One wall has “I am uncursed” splashed across it in black paint in different languages. Sounds from the Indian streets form the aural backdrop, making the experience at once provocative and surreal.http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/at-yokos-show-funeral-pyres-and-tributes-to-mommy/
The Times of India
The world is realising it was unwise to ignore woman-power'
Janauary 16, 2012
Yoko Ono was once described by her husband John Lennon as 'the world's most famous unknown artist'. The last time she visited India in the 1970s, legend has it that Lennon and she locked themselves up in a Mumbai hotel suite - for five undisturbed days. But in the public eye for her own work today, the avant-garde conceptual and performance artist returns to India for her first show here. Ono spoke with Neelam Raaj about art, acti-vism and woman-power, surviving Lennon - and how she felt on being blamed for breaking up the Beatles: What memories do you have of your first India visit with John Lennon?
After he got back from his trip to Rishikesh with the three Beatles, John told me what he liked about India... eventually the two of us came here together. We went to Sai Baba's retreat in the mountains. It was a beautiful experience but we also saw that men and women had to sit separately. John insisted we sit together and held my hand. I don't know whether that was considered rude..for me, this is my first opening to India as an artist. When i came with John, it was more to do with religion. This is very important to me and a lot of things will happen from here - things i am not sure i know about.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/The-world-is-realising-it-was-unwise-to-ignore-woman-power/articleshow/11501032.cms
Yoko Ono in India for 'Our Beautiful Daughters'
January 15, 2012
Yoko is in Delhi to exhibit her art work at the Vadhera Art Gallery which is largely inspired by Indian women.
January 16, 2012
Transcript of Yoko Ono's interview with NDTV
New Delhi: Often seen as the woman responsible for the break-up of the Beatles, Yoko Ono - the widow of the legendary John Lennon - says that she has been made the scapegoat. In an interview to NDTV, she says that she was victimised because she was a woman and an Asian.
Here is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/transcript-of-yoko-ono-s-interview-with-ndtv-166315