On Kawara

On Kawara was born in 1933 in Kariya, in Japan. He died in 2014 in New York. For over five decades, Kawara created paintings, drawings, books, and recordings where he examines chronological time and its function as a measure for human existence. His artistic practice was characterized by a meditative approach to conception of time, space, and consciousness. His epic project, « One Million Years », is a monumental series of twenty-four works comprising One Million Years [Past], which was dedicated to "all those who have lived and died," and One Million Years [Future], addressed to "the last one." The Past volumes, noting each year over an entire millennium from 998,031 BC, were started in 1970 and took two years to complete, while the Future years, begun in 1980, were written over the span of eighteen years and finish at 1,001,997 AD. Together the volumes make up 2,000,000 years.

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  1. One Million Years

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    One Million Years

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    Set of 2 volumes - 14.4 x 10.5 cm each volume - 2012 pages per volume - Total of 4024 pages
    Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies, 500 numbered copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 1999 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier

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  2. I GOT UP

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    I GOT UP

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4160 pages
    Grey wooden slipcase: 51.2 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2008 by mfc-michèle didier

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  3. I WENT

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    I WENT

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4740 pages
    Sycamore slipcase: 57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2007 by mfc-michèle didier

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  4. I READ

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    I READ

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    Set of 6 volumes - 28.65 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm each volume - Total of 3272 page
    Natural wooden box: 36.3 x 39.5 x 30.5 cm
    Limited edition of 50 numbered copies and 10 H.C.
    Produced in 2017 by One Million Years Foundation and mfc-michèle didier
    Published in 2017 by mfc-michèle didier

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  5. Trilogy

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    Trilogy

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    On Kawara's Trilogy is composed of I GOT UP, I WENT and I MET
    36 (3 x 12) volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - 13690 pages in total
    Each of the three parts of the Trilogy is signed and numbered by the artist 

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  6. One Million Years

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    One Million Years

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    Numbered and signed copy

    Set of 2 volumes - 14.4 x 10.5 cm each volume - 2012 pages per volume - Total of 4024 pages
    Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies, 500 numbered copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 1999 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier

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  7. I MET

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    I MET

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4790 pages
    Black wooden slipcase: 57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2004 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier  

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