Yoko Ono got a bad rap as the most notorious homewrecker of the 1970s, and her relationship with John Lennon was widely blamed for the breakup of The Beatles (although Paul McCartney later denied that the band’s demise was her fault.) But Ono, originally from Tokyo, was an conceptual artist in her own right, and was crucial to Lennon’s post-Beatles solo career. She and Lennon collaborated on various artistic and political projects, including the famous “bed-in” to protest the Vietnam War. After Lennon’s assassination in 1980, Ono continued to commemorate his legacy as she pursued her own work. She founded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace in 2002, the same year she debuted her first U.S retrospective show.
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