On Kawara - Silence
'The .. art of the conceptual giant On Kawara is profound — profoundly simple, human and deep. And, as proved by that artist’s first .. retrospective, On Kawara — Silence at the Guggenheim Museum, its quality is most apparent when it is seen in quantity.' - The New York Times
On Kawara—Silence is published in conjunction with a major exhibition of the Japanese Conceptual Artist, Kawara’s post-1963 work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Like the exhibition itself, the structure of the book was devised in close collaboration with the late artist.
The exhibition catalogue contains essays on Kawara’s work by leading scholars and critics in various fields, including art history, literary studies, and cultural anthropology. It also includes substantial, authoritative descriptions of every category of his production—the first time such comprehensive information has appeared in print.
Richly illustrated, the volume reproduces many examples of Kawara's work including his paintings of numerical dates made on the one they depicted; his telegrams announcing that he was still alive; his postcards recording the time he arose that morning (the 'I Got Up' series), as well as sundry maps, calendars and lists. The catalogue also contains rare images of materials related to his working process.
The volume is published in four differently coloured covers which will be sent out randomly and is recommended for those who enjoy and want to discover more about Conceptual art and On Kawara.
- Author: Jeffrey Weiss, Senior Curator, Guggenheim
- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Date published: June 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0892075195
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 33 x 4.1 cm
'Like each of his date paintings, the exhibition is somehow awesome and modest at once. It reckons with the grandest questions of being and time, and yet feels lived in, comfortable, and winningly unpretentious. It brings cosmic time down to human scale, and then makes an individual life feel as broad as the universe' - The Guardian
'The .. art of the conceptual giant On Kawara is profound — profoundly simple, human and deep. And, as proved by that artist’s first .. retrospective, On Kawara — Silence at the Guggenheim Museum, its quality is most apparent when it is seen in quantity' - The New York Times
'an artist of bellowing silence' - The FT