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Yoko Ono

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Yoko Ono entered mainstream consciousness in the late ’60s and was quickly branded an interloper. Never mind that by the time she met John Lennon in 1966 (at the opening of her solo show at the India Gallery in London), she had already caught the attention of John Cage and Ornette Coleman with her music; performed at Fluxus concerts and loft events organized with La Monte Young; and created a significant body of sculpture, mail art, and performance works, some of which had been staged at Carnegie Hall. For masses of pop-music fans mourning the demise of the Beatles, Ono was simply a troublemaker, “that woman” who ultimately broke up the Fab Four.

In hindsight, of course, it was the other way around: The Beatles ably wrecked Ono’s art career. Ono continued to make art and music after hooking up with Lennon (whom she married in 1969), but it is as if she traded in her art-world credibility

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