New York

New York

“On Kawara—Silence”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
February 6–May 3, 2015

Curated by Jeffrey Weiss with Anne Wheeler

From 1966 until shortly before his death last summer, On Kawara produced his best-known work, the unwaveringly steadfast “Today” series. The Japanese-born, New York–based artist rendered the date each canvas was painted in flat, uninflected type, following the graphic conventions of the place where he was working at the time. The relationship between time and place animates the entirety of Kawara’s itinerant career, which, if steeped in histories of ’60s Conceptualism, also suggests the emerging cultures of globalization. “On Kawara—Silence,” the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s output, will also include his work with postcards (the “I Got Up” series); newspaper cuttings (“I Read”); and massive ledgers of dates (“One Million Years”), which will be read in a continuous performance during the course of the exhibition. A catalogue will feature essays by the curators and six other contributors from diverse fields.