10 Reasons Why Yoko Ono Is An Important Artist In Her Own Right

Thought Catalog

Yoko Ono— blamed for the break-up of the Beatles, criticized as spotlight-grabber and a phony— is actually a true artist, and a superb one. It’s just she always been so “out there” that few people appreciate her.

1. She’s a pioneer of “destruction art.”

Born in Tokyo in 1933, and a survivor of the Allied firebombing of the city in 1944, Yoko Ono became a pioneer of “destruction art” — performances that deal with death and renewal. How could she not? Between 80,000 and 130,000 Japanese civilians were killed by the bombing. The human carnage was so great that the blood-red mists and stench of burning flesh that wafted up sickened the bomber pilots, forcing them to grab oxygen masks to keep from vomiting. As an artist in the 1960s, she found ways to turn her experience with death, violence and chaos into art.

2. She’s a self-made artist who…

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