Many color illus. 41,  p. 8vo (205 x 143 mm.), thick boards over beige cloth, title label on upper cover. Geneva: Art & Public, 1994.
Rare exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s first show at Pierre Huber’s Art & Public in Geneva. 10 "Date Paintings" were shown from every year of the decade, each of which is pictured. These are complemented by excerpts (by Beckett, D. Graham, Halley, DeLillo, Hawking, etc.) written in each year chosen by the writer Bob Nickas.
Fine copy. WorldCat notes just two examples in North America. From an edition of 750 copies.
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Many color illus. 41,  p. 8vo (205 x 143 mm.), thick boards over beige cloth, title label on upper cover. Geneva: Art & Public, 1994.
Many color illus. 49,  p. 8vo (205 x 144 mm.), thick boards over beige cloth, title label on upper cover. Geneva: Art & Public, 2004.
The catalogue for Kawara’s second show at Pierre Huber’s Art & Public gallery in Geneva, held a decade later after the first. Executed in Sydney, New York, Bordeaux, Frankfurt, and Fuginomiya, 10 “Date Paintings” were displayed, each of which is illustrated in the catalogue. This book’s design is identical to the catalogue from the artist’s first show with Huber in 1994. The curator Thierry Davila’s essay (in French and English) on Kawara’s artistic practice...
Black and white & color illus.  pp. Large 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 2002.
A very rare On Kawara exhibition catalogue, published by one of his main Japanese dealers. Six "Date Paintings" (from 1967 to 2001) were shown, all of which are illustrated within.
In near fine condition; some marks to the lower wrappers. In WorldCat we locate just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Printed in an edition of 1000.
10 black & white illus. 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 1988.
An uncommon On Kawara catalogue, it presents an extremely rare consecutive week of the artist’s Date Paintings (5-11 April, 1987). Begins with an essay by Kikuko Amagasaki (“On Kawara: Seeing and Reading”), in Japanese and English, and illustrates all ten paintings shown, all of which were executed in 1987. At the end, there is a list of the works displayed and a bibliography. This was Kawara’s third solo show with Akira Ikeda, his first took place in 1983.
From Amagasaki’s essay: “DATE PAINTING is different in...
Several color illus. 63 pp. Small 4to (223 x 169 mm.), pictorial boards, title on spine, pictorial endpapers. Cologne: Kölnischer Kunstverein & Japanisches Kulturinstitut, 1997.
Scarce catalogue for an exhibition jointly organized by the Kölnischer Kunstverein Japanisches Kulturinstitut in Cologne (26 August-8 October 1995). It was published two years after the exhibition took place.
The catalogue contains installation views, a diagram of the exhibition space, and lists of the rotating display of On Kawara’s Date Paintings. Each week the paintings were rotated with new ones. On the facing wall copies of the newspapers which the artist used to construct the...
Black & white illus. 13,  p. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, stitched. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2006.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s solo presentation at Ikon Gallery. From the foreword by curator Jonathan Watkins: “This exhibition consists entirely of Date Paintings. They are part of On Kawara’s Today Series, an ongoing project begun in 1966, a series of paintings, each made in a day, bearing the inscribed date on which they were made. Each painting in this selection was made on a Sunday, one selected per year since the inception of the Today Series, thus conveying the idea ironically of...
Many illus. (one full-bleed & color).  pp. 4to (250 x 186 mm.), green printed wrappers, staple-bound. Tokyo: Gatodo Gallery, 1986.
One of the rarest On Kawara exhibition catalogues. This was a presentation of the artist’s "Date Paintings," along with his One Hundred Years Calendar (shown with the full-bleed color illustration). The other catalogue illustrations depict the exhibition installation and close-ups of Kawara’s works. Several of the paintings in this show were contributed by Japanese collectors whose names are given in the exhibition list. With a text in parallel Japanese and English by Masashi Miura “On Date Painting.”
Black & white and color illus. throughout. Unpaginated. 4to (293 x 231 mm.), pictorial softcover (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine. Los Angeles: Otis Art Institute, 1977.
One of 1000 copies, scarce On Kawara exhibition catalogue for his first solo museum presentation in the United States. It opens with Lucy R. Lippard’s essay on Kawara’s practice “Just in Time: On Kawara.” Most of the catalogue reproduces parts of the artist’s journal, where he recorded the color, size, and title of each “Date Painting.” The journal entries are complemented by five street photographs by Jun Morinaga. Near the end of...
Black & white illus. throughout & one in color. Unpaginated, with ads in-fine. Large 4to (269 x 211 mm.), blue printed softcover (a trifle sunned). Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1974.
The uncommon catalogue for Kawara’s first solo European museum exhibition; the show was curated by Kasper König (b. 1943) and Johannes Gachnang (1939-2005), director of the Kunsthalle Bern. The latter explains in the foreword that the museum has gathered 85 “Date Paintings” from the Today series alongside Kawara’s journal filled with notes on the paintings. There are also numerous illustrations of his other famous series: I Met, I Went, I Read...
Illus. throughout. 143 pp. 4to, green printed covers, title on spine. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery; Dijon: Le Consortium, 2007.
Scarce On Kawara catalogue, published after the exhibition that toured to all of the cities in the title. With a foreword (“Clockwise”) by curator Jonathan Watkins. It contains extensive installation photographs and reproductions of ephemera made for each location.
Black & white illus. throughout. 397,  p. Large & thick 4to (279 x 210 mm.), pictorial softcover, title on spine. Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1980.
The important catalogue for On Kawara’s survey exhibition at the Moderna Museet and three other institutions. This publication is profusely illustrated with images and reproductions of the conceptual artist’s work, including the Today series, I Met, I Went, I Got Up, I am still alive, etc. It also contains photographs of “Date Paintings” in galleries, museums, and the homes of private collectors. The second half of the catalogue, save the final dozen pages, is essentially...
Color illus. throughout. 256 pp. Large & thick 4to (275 x 225 mm.), blue pictorial hardcover. Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1991.
A fine copy of this On Kawara exhibition catalogue, with many illustrations of the artist’s “Date Paintings,” postcards, and telegrams. With text contributions by Karel Schampers (“Een mentale reis in de tijd”), Anne Rorimer (“The Date Paintings of On Kawara”), and Teresa O’Connor (“Notes: On Kawara’s I Am Still Alive”).
This exhibition was subsequently held at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (12 March-10 May 1992); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (21 November 1992-7 February 1993); and Museum of Modern Art, San...
Color illus. throughout. 50 pp. & plates. Large 4to, cloth-covered boards, pictorial dust-jacket, title on spine. Köln: Lenbachhaus München & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2000.
An important and richly illustrated On Kawara exhibition catalogue that is now rather scarce. This show was devoted to Kawara’s I Got Up postcards. With texts by Ulrich Wilmes and Michel Butor in German, French, and English.
Black & white full-page and double-page illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 12mo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Münster, Germany: A. Bernhöft & Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017.
Rare booklet published in conjunction with the 2017 iteration of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness. Seven Date Paintings completed on seven consecutive days in January 1997 were displayed at the Berg Fidel child day-care center in Münster, Germany. Text by Akiko Bernhöft in German and English.
❧ See the One Million Years Foundation website page “Pure Consciousness” for a full description of the exhibition series.
Black & white illus. (one double-page). 18 pp. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Palestine: Alpha Studio, 2007.
The very rare booklet published in conjunction with the Bethlehem leg of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness which began in Sydney in 1998. For the exhibition, seven “Date Paintings” from the Today series (1966-2013) are displayed in a kindergarten classroom. These paintings have traveled around the world to cities and towns such as Sydney; Tongyeong, South Korea; Reykjavik; Istanbul; Goa; Inari, Finland; Thimphu, Bhutan; Abidjan, Ulaanbaatar; Toliara, Madagascar, etc. The photographs in the booklet focus on the students with the paintings only blurry...
Three illus.  pp. Large 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Tokyo: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 1984.
A scarce On Kawara (29,771 days, i.e. 1932-2014) exhibition catalogue, published for his second show with the gallery. Akira Ikeda, with locations in Nagoya and Tokyo, was Kawara’s main dealer in Japan. The present show had five “Date Paintings” (all from 1983) and one of Kawara’s calendars (18,864 Days). With a text by Seigo Matsuoka (“Ars Magna of a Day”), in Japanese and English, and bibliography.
From Matsuoka’s essay: “Today, dates themselves have completely lost their value, their mythic, informative quality. Once regarded as an important...
Many color illus. (one folding). 4to, gray printed wrappers, title on spine. Dijon: Temps Réel, 1995.
A scarce On Kawara (29,771 days, 1933-2014) exhibition catalogue, curated by Bob Nickas. The show was held in five locations: Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (11 February-12 March 1994); Le Consortium, Dijon (10 September-22 October 1994); Le Capitou, centre d’art contemporain, Fréjus (19 November 1994-8 January 1995); Städtische Galerie Göppingen (22 January-26 February 1995); Galleria Massimo de Carlo (6 April-13 May 1995).
The innovative concept juxtaposed Kawara’s “Date Paintings” with photographs from the same year by Graham, Arbus, Winogrand, Huebler, Friedlander, Clark, Eggleston...
201 black & white illus on rectos only.  leaves. Thick oblong 4to (210 x 242 mm.), orig. cloth, title on spine. Berlin: Edition Block, 1978.
First edition of this scarce artist’s book documenting Kawara’s telegrams affirming “I am still alive”; this is one of 450 numbered copies from Serie A, all of which are bound in cloth and housed in a slipcase. Arranged chronologically and reproduced at their original size, the telegrams of this project were sent from December 1969 until 31 December 1977. We find messages sent to Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Teresa O’Connor, Germano Celant, Adriaan van...
Many illus. Unpaginated. Four vols. Large 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. gray printed wrappers, titles on spines, housed in publisher’s cardboard box with orig. printed labels on outside & inside. Köln: Buchhandlung Walther König, 1992.
The scarce facsimile of On Kawara’s I Went, I Met, I Read, and Journal series for the year 1969, published by Walther König on the occasion of Kawara’s receiving the Kunstpreis Aachen. Kawara (29,771 days, i.e., 1932-2014) centered his artistic practice on the documentation of daily life: where he went, the people he met, and what he read. These notes were then compiled into...
Many color plates. 72 pp.; second part unpaginated. Oblong 4to (217 x 281 mm.), orig. black pictorial boards, title on spine, orig. slipcase (a little worn). Tokyo: Parco Co., 1991.
A scarce catalogue on Kawara’s previously unstudied five-year stay in Tokyo, where he was part of influential avant-garde art student associations and wrote many pieces of art criticism. His violent and grotesque imagery from this period is in stark contrast to his streamlined conceptual “Date Paintings.” This book reproduces the complete Bathroom series (1953-54; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art), Events in a Warehouse (1954; ibid.), and a number of...
2 p.l., 2001; 2 p.l., 2001 pp. Two vols. Small 4to (152 x 118 mm.), orig. black cloth over semi-stiff boards, gilt & silver lettering on upper covers and spines, housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. [Brussels]: Editions M. Szwajcer & M. Didier, 1999.
The scarce artist’s book revisiting On Kawara’s One Million Years. A total of 570 copies of this work were printed: 60 numbered and signed, 10 artist’s proofs, and 500 numbered; this is one of the numbered copies (no. 305). The first volume, “Past” (998031 BC to 1969 AD), begins with the phrase, “For all those who have...
Many black & white illus. 16 pp. Small folio (295 x 210 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Tokyo: Galere Watari, 1983.
A rare exhibition catalogue for Kawara’s bookwork One Million Years. The exhibition took place at Galerie Watari in Tokyo from 27 October to 30 November. With a useful biography of the artist at the end. The present exhibition was held concurrently with another one of Kawara’s work at the Galerie Watari: Date Paintings 1981-1983.
Founded in 1972 by Shizuko Watari (1932-2012), Galerie Watari hosted exhibitions by Haring, Broodthaers, Nam June Paik, and Shinro Ohtake. The gallery closed in...