Yoko Ono to exhibit at Folkestone Triennial 2014
Posted: March 11, 2014
ACTIVIST Yoko Ono is among the artists set to display work at this year’s Folkestone Triennial, it has been announced.
The widow of John Lennon, who is also an avant-garde visual artist, will exhibit work at the Quarterhouse as part of the festival, which will be held across the town between August 30 and November 2.
Others due to exhibit their work include Andy Goldsworthy, Pablo Bronstein and Gabriel Lester.
All of the artists have been invited to create artwork which directly relates to the town and its socio-economic and cultural history.
Folkestone Triennial curator Lewis Biggs said: “I’m very proud to be curator for an exhibition that is fast becoming a focus of interest around the world.
“The Folkestone Triennial presents a very special opportunity for artists who want the challenge of showing outside the gallery, museum or sale room.
“I have been careful to invite only artists whose work fits the opportunity – who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world and who want to engage with a broader audience.”
Previous artists to have exhibited their work in Folkestone include Mark Wallinger and Tracey Emin.
For more information, visit www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk
FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL 2014
30 August – 2 November 2014
Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing.
For Folkestone Triennial 2014, Ono has proposed several works conceived especially for the exhibition. One text work will appear in many places in Folkestone, including The Leas, where Yoko Ono staged an event at the Metropole Arts Centre in 1966. She has also written a new ‘instruction’, an invitation to the people of Folkestone which will be exhibited in Quarterhouse.
Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 1950s, she had become part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. During the 1960s Ono created works Instructions for Paintings (New York), Cut Piece (Kyoto & Tokyo), and published Grapefruit. She has staged shows at the legendary AG Gallery (New York), Carnegie Recital Hall (New York), Sogetsu Art Center (Tokyo), and Judson Gallery (New Yokrk). In summer of 1966, she was invited to take part in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London and held one-person exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, and the next year at the Lisson Gallery. During this period, she performed a number of concerts throughout England including Folkestone. Ono has made a number of films, including Fly and Rape, and many records, including Fly, Approximately Infinite Universe, Rising, and most recently, Between My Head and the Sky.
In the past two years, Ono was awarded the Oskar Kokoschka Prize 2012 in Vienna, and has had major one-person exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. In February 2013, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt mounted a major retrospective, which travelled to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Kunsthalle Krems and will open in March 2014 at Guggenheim Bilbao.