On Kawara I MET, 1968-79/2004
Black wooden slipcase, 57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
Contains 12 volumes, each 21 cm x 14.8 cm
4790 pages in total
Printed on Phoenix Motion Xantur 150g
Signatures are double-stitched with linen thread.
Cover bound in Brillianta Calandré Linen
Front cover and spine: embossed gilding and foil-blocking in black
Printed by Arte-Print
Bound by SVK
Edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist's proofs
Produced and published by Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier in 2004
©2004 On Kawara, les Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.
I MET belongs to On Kawara's Trilogy. During twelve years, from May 10, 1968 to September 17, 1979, the artist noted every day the names of the people with whom he conversed in chronological order. This work was published as a twelve-volume edition. On each page, the list of names appears together with the day's stamp in the footnote. Geographical location changes are signaled by grey page dividers with the city's name. Raising fundamental questions regarding name, encounter, time or space, I MET creates a poetry of the moment by provoking the feeling that each day is like an empty page before it is transcribed in book-matter.