On Kawara

long - term view

<p>On Kawara, <i>June 16, 1966</i>, 1966. © On Kawara</p>

On Kawara, June 16, 1966, 1966. © On Kawara



Artist Biography

On Kawara preferred to count his age in days instead of years. His entire lifespan, from his birth to his passing in mid-2014, was 29,771 days. Kawara’s earliest exhibitions include the first Nippon Exhibition, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, in 1953, and at the Takemiya and Hibiya galleries the following year. He began traveling throughout the world in 1959, then settled in 1965 in New York City, where he remained an intermittent resident for the rest of his life. His work was exhibited at New York’s Dwan Gallery in 1967, and his one-person exhibition One Million Years was shown in Düsseldorf, Paris, and Milan in 1971. Kawara’s work was included in Documentas 5 (1972), 7 (1982), and 11 (2002), in Kassel, Germany, and in the Tokyo Biennale (1970), the Kyoto Biennale (1976), and the Venice Biennale (1976). He won the Carnegie Prize in 1991 and the Kunstpreis Aachen the following year. In 1993, Dia held the yearlong exhibition One Thousand Days One Million Years, for which Kawara installed paintings from the Today series that had been executed in New York City. The exhibition also included his book work One Million Years (Past) and a sound work, One Million Years (Future). Twenty years later, and in commemoration of Dia:Beacon’s tenth anniversary, Dia organized a live reading of Kawara’s One Million Years, and produced a new recording of the work released as a compact disc in spring 2014.

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