By On Kawara, Jonathan Watkins, René Denizot
Really nice scans of a fascinating profile of Kawara's works.
an access in Phaidon's modern Artists series.
interesting word- in view that Kawara doesn't provide interviews, editors changed the advent, which more often than not comprises an interview with the artist, with a chain of reflections of acquaintances, artists, writers, and critics.
Japanese-born, New-York-based On Kawara (b.1933) is likely one of the world's best-known Conceptual artists, an enormous overseas determine because the Sixties. Kawara's life is documented completely via his day-by-day art-making perform. most sensible identified are his Date work (1965-ongoing), during which he methodically creates a unmarried portray an afternoon, with easily the date written on it. This publication is a unprecedented probability for his fans to solve extra of the secret of this cult determine, and for much less prevalent readers to be brought to his attention-grabbing lifestyles and paintings. a distinct characteristic of this e-book is the Tribute part, which displays the artist's lifelong dedication by no means to be in my view documented in his personal phrases. a set of brief statements through 30 contributors chosen individually via Kawara - between them artists Lawrence Weiner and Dan Graham, and cultural theorist Homi Bhabha - create an oblique 'portrait of the artist'. within the Survey, Curator Jonathan examines the artist's long-standing occupation: from his early figurative portray within the Fifties, to his later, text-based Conceptual artwork. Curator Rene Denizot analyses in his concentration a two-person exhibition combining Kawara's paintings with Alberto Giacometti's, revealing either artists' shared quandary for the essence of human life. The artist's curiosity within the nature of realization is mirrored in a systematic essay he has chosen for his Artist's selection from the educational magazine of recognition stories. within the Artist's Writings, a chain of handwritten love letters in an indecipherable code replicate the combination of the impersonal and the deeply humanistic
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About the Author
Jonathan Watkins is Director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. formerly inventive Director of the eleventh Sydney Biennial, whilst established in London he was once Curator on the Serpentine Gallery (1995-7) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-5). Rene Denizot is a critic and thinker who has written fairly on Conceptual artwork and modern sculpture. He has been a detailed good friend of Kawara and a follower of his paintings for good over a decade.