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NEWS: John Baldessari, Yoko Ono win Venice’s Leone d’Oro

The 53rd Golden Lion awards for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Yoko Ono and John Baldessari at the opening of the Venice Biennale in June.


The unbelievably fabulous Yoko Ono. Image: arstechnica.com

Curator Daniel Birnbaum says: “Yoko Ono and John Baldessari have shaped our understanding of art and its relationship to the world in which we live. Their work has revolutionized the language of art and will remain a source of inspiration for generations to come.


John Baldessari, Six Colorful Inside Jobs, 1971. Image: thecityreview.com

Yoko Ono, one of VoCA’s favorite artists, and the subject of a retrospective at the AGO in 2002, was born in Tokyo 1933,and is a key figure in post-war art. A pioneer in performance and conceptual art, she is one of the most influential artists of our time. Long before becoming an icon in popular culture and in peace activism, she developed artistic strategies that have left a lasting mark both in her native Japan and in the West.

VoCA loves John Baldessari‘s pioneering video works from the 1960s. He was born in California 1931, and is thought of as one of the most important art teachers of our times, at CalArts. He has above all developed a visual language entirely his own. Since the 1960s, he has worked in many disciplines and has produced an outstanding body of work that has inspired several generations of artists.

One Response to “NEWS: John Baldessari, Yoko Ono win Venice’s Leone d’Oro”

  1. Great Image of this artist. Great moment of how she feels & is..

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