Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. As a pioneer of conceptual art, Ono has been creating unique and progressive works since the 1960s, which challenge how we think about art and the world. Her practice explores the mediums of performance, film, music and writing, making her simultaneously an artist, poet, musician and peace activist.
On Air: Painting to Shake Hands by Yoko Ono
Painting to Shake Hands is a work that references a specific instruction from Yoko Ono’s book Grapefruit, published in 1964, where the artist produced a series of ‘event scores’, which an individual might or might not enact. Painting to Shake Hands was filmed for the first time at her TO THE LIGHT (2012) solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London.
The instruction is as follows:
‘PAINTING TO SHAKE HANDS
(painting for cowards)
Drill a hole in a canvas and put your
hand out from behind.
Receive your guests in that position.
Shake hands and converse with hands.’
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