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 or in the background. The text is in parallel English and Arabic.
The director of the Ikon Gallery Jonathan Watkins has contributed an eloquent essay. Watkins was a close collaborator with Kawara on several exhibitions.
In fine condition, booklets from the Pure Consciousness series are rather rare. WorldCat records just the copy at Monash University (Australia).
❧ See the One Million Years Foundation website page “Pure Consciousness” for a full description of the exhibition series.
Item ID: 7847