ON KAWARA (1932-2014, Kariya, Japan)

On Kawara was a Japanese conceptual artist living in New York City since 1965. He has shown in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1976. Since 1966 he has made a long series of "date paintings" (the Today series), which consist entirely of the date on which the painting was executed in simple white lettering set against a solid background. Other series of works include the 'I Went and I Met' series of postcards sent to his friends detailing aspects of his life, another series of postcards, 'I Got Up At,' rubber-stamped with the time he got up that morning, and a series of telegrams sent to various people bearing the message "I AM STILL ALIVE". Much like the Today series, Kawara used a number of days followed by date the work was executed as his life-dates.


Exhibitions:
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Austria
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria.
2007    "Personal Structures Time", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007    "Personal Structures", Galerie Hafenrichter & Flugel, Nuremberg, Germany

Publications:
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE 2, Global Art Affairs Foundation, 2013
• De Jongh, Karlyn, ON KAWARA: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, PSAP #04, GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, Netherlands, 2011
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009